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“Mission Accomplished”, 10/15 – 11/14/07
October 15, 2007 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
A response to President Bush’s statement made early in the Iraq War, Christine Heller’s installation, Mission Accomplished is layered with the grey Muslim figures tangled in wire and fencing. Limp and skeletal, the figures are shells, souls, and shrouds. Their life is gone. They have faded from existence, faded from our consciousness, a reminder of lost identity and lost life. These figures represent American soldiers. Iraqi citizens, prisoners at Guantanamo, or those tortured at Abu Ghraib.
Since 2005, Christine Heller’s installations have focused on the devastating physical and emotional turmoil of the Iraq War including America Comes Home, about the ravaged lives of American Soldiers, In Our Name, about Iraqi children in the war, and Mission Accomplished, about the continuing struggle in Iraq.
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