“You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people. You will own all their hopes, aspirations and problems. You will own it all.”
—General Colin Powell Over four million Iraqis have fled their homes since the 2003 invasion.
These refugees didn’t leave their country to get a better job or because of a natural disaster. They left because of a brutal dictator and industrial warfare that has virtually destroyed their country. The long journey from the Republic of Iraq to the United States of America may take months, sometimes years, and includes refugee camps, piles of documents and occasionally bribery. Iraqi refugees brought these objects with them on their journey to America. The objects range from photos of family, a Qur’an or a piece of jewelry to traditional family heirlooms. The objects have been photographed and then contextualized on the photographic print by the Iraqi participant. The participants’ additions transform the works into powerful, breathtaking documentations.
|Title||What We Carried|
|Subtitle||Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Additional Contributors||Iraqi refugees|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Archival ink jet|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Found binder|
|Medium/ Materials||Found clip|
|Paper Stock||Epson enhanced Matte|
|Number of Pages||40 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||14 x 10 x 1.25 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 12|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|