Overview participating exhibitions

Warzone
2010

Warzone

Christopher Sims

THEATER OF WAR: THE PRETEND VILLAGES OF IRAQ (United States, 2005-ongoing)

Like the media, the American army also creates its own version of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For instance, the Army takes its Virtual Army Experience on the road to airshows and NASCAR races. There kids can play games that brilliantly but bloodlessly simulate the thrill of warfare. Afterwards they can meet decorated soldiers who have returned from the front. On remote army bases in North Carolina, Louisiana and California the army has built copies of villages that are always in one or another imaginary land – Talatha, Braggistan, or just plain ‘Iraq’. Here soldiers train for their tour of duty on the front.

  • THEATER OF WAR: THE PRETEND VILLAGES OF IRAQ (United States, 2005-ongoing)

    Like the media, the American army also creates its own version of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For instance, the Army takes its Virtual Army Experience on the road to airshows and NASCAR races. There kids can play games that brilliantly but bloodlessly simulate the thrill of warfare. Afterwards they can meet decorated soldiers who have returned from the front. On remote army bases in North Carolina, Louisiana and California the army has built copies of villages that are always in one or another imaginary land – Talatha, Braggistan, or just plain ‘Iraq’. Here soldiers train for their tour of duty on the front.

  • THEATER OF WAR: THE PRETEND VILLAGES OF IRAQ (United States, 2005-ongoing)

  • THEATER OF WAR: THE PRETEND VILLAGES OF IRAQ (United States, 2005-ongoing)

  • THEATER OF WAR: THE PRETEND VILLAGES OF IRAQ (United States, 2005-ongoing)

  • THEATER OF WAR: THE PRETEND VILLAGES OF IRAQ (United States, 2005-ongoing)

Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Christopher Sims

HOME FRONTS (United States, 2002-2005)

Full-size mock-ups of Iraqi and Afghan villages lie hidden in the woods in the south of the United States. There American soldiers are trained before they are sent out to Iraq and Afghanistan. The 'residents' are often immigrants who, to make some money, have to reenact the life that they have recently left behind them. Between the exercises they have to stay in character in their roles as innkeepers or gardeners. – Vegetable stand, Fort Polk, Louisiana (USA), 2005

  • HOME FRONTS (United States, 2002-2005)

    Full-size mock-ups of Iraqi and Afghan villages lie hidden in the woods in the south of the United States. There American soldiers are trained before they are sent out to Iraq and Afghanistan. The 'residents' are often immigrants who, to make some money, have to reenact the life that they have recently left behind them. Between the exercises they have to stay in character in their roles as innkeepers or gardeners. – Vegetable stand, Fort Polk, Louisiana (USA), 2005

Biography

Christopher Sims (United States, 1972) studied history and visual communication, and worked as photo archivist for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Presently he teaches photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in North Carolina. This year he won the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers.

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Warzone

Warzone

Price EUR 10,00

Act of Faith

Act of Faith

Price EUR 10,00