Welcome to Fake Iraq

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Support for Expanded Sight, 2008 Inkjet Print © Carlin Wing
The Making of Americans, 2008 Video © Danielle Adair
Over There/Under Here, two-channel video with sound 2009 © Nikhil Murthy
Welcome to Fake Iraq
Curated by: Nicholas Grider

3601 South Gaffey St., Box 1
San Pedro, CA 90731
September 6th, 2009 - October 25th, 2009
Opening: September 6th, 2009 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
Monday > Friday 10 - 5pm; every 2nd Saturday of the month
photography, video-art, sculpture


Welcome To Fake Iraq

September 6 – October 25, 2009

Opening Reception: September 6, 2-4 PM

Welcome to Fake Iraq features the work of eight artists who have role-played journalists at the Army's National Training Center in the Mojave desert. Located at Fort Irwin, the National Training Center (NTC) is a 1,200 square-mile simulation of the Mideast, complete with Iraqi and Afghani actors, soldiers playing insurgents, and entire cities built out of Conex shipping containers and painstakingly decorated to look like the real thing. Since January 2008, the NTC has been looking to embed journalists with troops training at the Center, and many of the artists in the current exhibit were among the first "journalists" to embed.

Organized by Nicholas Grider, the exhibition features a diverse mix of documentation of and reaction the experience of being a (fake) embedded journalist. This is neither a pro- nor anti-war exhibit; instead, the work ranges from the warm empathy of Maria Schriber's portraits of "insurgents" to the implied criticism of Chris Revelle's portable recruitment station. The idea behind the exhibit was to present a broad array of work by artists, many of whom never had any previous close contact with active-duty military. Both as a document of war games in the twenty-first century and as a collision between the cultures of the artist/civilian and the soldier, Welcome to Fake Iraq seeks to explore what warfare and war games mean to us, now, while two wars continue on the other side of the world.

The eight artists in the exhibition are:

Danielle Adair (video)

Nicholas Grider (photography and text)

Jason Kunke (sculpture and text)

Nikhil Murthy (video)

Chris Revelle (installation)

Maria Schriber (photography)

Matthew Siegle (drawing and installation)

Carlin Wing (photography)

A full-color catalog featuring artist statements, images and interviews will be published by the Center, following the opening of the exhibition.


Welcome to Fake Iraq will take place in the Center's main gallery, Gallery A. A reception for the exhibition will take place from 2-4 pm on September 6, 2009. The galleries at Angels Gate Cultural Center are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 5PM.

For more information contact:

AGCC Visual Arts Director Marshall Astor

Welcome to Fake Iraq organizer Nicholas Grider at


About Angels Gate Cultural Center


For 25 years Angels Gate has been recognized for its high quality, innovative arts programming. In 2003, the Center began its transition into a mid-sized institution, obtaining a 30-year lease from the City of Los Angeles and launching plans for the development of a new arts campus set in the dramatic, coastal acreage of Angels Gate Park.


Angels Gate Cultural Center is supported in part by generous grants by the California Community Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles, Conoco Phillips, Webcor Builders, Rebuilding Together South Bay, Hitachi SCRCAC, the Getty Foundation and Epson America.