You Are Here: Maps and Art at NAVE Gallery in Somerville, MA

I've been buried in this project since the middle of June, and I'm happy to say if you live in the Boston area you can see it at the Nave Gallery until August 18. (Gallery hours are limited, though: 1-5 Saturday and Sunday). 

 

The exhibit is remarkably strong and I'm honored and humbled to be part of such a great show.  The show info is here: http://navegallery.org/wp/you-are-here-maps-and-art-2/

In front of the piece at the show. GIven the subject, I shouldn't be grinning that hard. But I am proud of it. 

In front of the piece at the show. GIven the subject, I shouldn't be grinning that hard. But I am proud of it. 

 

The statement for MY piece, "Mission Accomplished?" is as follows:

Close up of  Mission Accomplished?  

Close up of Mission Accomplished? 

 

On March 20, 2003, the United States led an international military coalition into Iraq. Forty-two days later, on May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush gave a speech on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln to declare a victorious end to the major combat operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Behind the President hung a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished”.  More than seven years later, President Barack Obama declared an “official” end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, though thousands of soldiers remain in Iraq as part of a differently-named military operation.

A pin has been placed in this map in the Department of Defense's “Hometown of Record”  for each American solider who was killed during the entire seven year, three month duration of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

White pins represent the 140 soldiers who died during “the war”, the forty-two days between March 20 and May 1, 2003.

The yellow pins stand for the 4,269 soldiers who died in the seven-plus years following the Bush Administration's announcement of the end of the Battle of Iraq - between May 2, 2003 and the final Operation Iraqi Freedom military death recorded by the DoD on August 22, 2010.

The data was sourced directly from the Department of Defense casualty lists, available through https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/ The soldiers represented here are only those listed as serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, exclusive of all other named combat operations in Iraq or elsewhere.

This map does not show any of the non-fatal casualties, any casualties incurred by private mercenary corporations, nor any of the civilians who died in this conflict.

The frame's headlines, articles, and letters detailing the national discourse surrounding US involvement in Iraq are from the New York Times, between October 1, 2002 and June 2, 2003.