Based on his conversations with soldiers who have returned from Iraq, as well as with Iraqi civilians, the new work builds on their memories to examine the chaos and confusion of war. Since 2008, Wodiczko has been exploring the experience of veterans in a number of different works. The Veteran Vehicle Project (2008) and the War Veteran Vehicle (2009) used projections of soldiers’ words and recordings of their testimonies to illustrate the complexity of social reintegration after combat. In the Veterans’ Flame (2009), a video of a flickering candle moved in sync with the sound of the veterans telling their stories.
The installment at Boston’s ICA presents the veterans’ experience from a different perspective. Read more here.