Compare and Contrast: Fake Iraqs
December 20, 2007
Following on from the discussion in the previous post, part of my ambivalence about the art market comes from thinking that the status of something as an art object doesn’t preclude its status as evidence. Or in the case of these images: they’re part of my thesis show dealing with fantasy and militarism, they’re source material for a book of essays also on fantasy and militarism but taking a very different approach, and finally they appeal to me as the source for an academic paper on the visual semiotics of “realism” in two different branches of the military: Army and Marines.
The difference isn’t as striking here as it is when you visit the bases, but the use of similar materials to very different ends does make for (I think) something worth talking about both within and outside of an art context.