Army Private Dan Floyd at Basic Training, Fort Knox, KY, 2007
Negotiation table, American-Iraqi Regional Joint Command Center, near Al-Mawsil Village, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA, 2007
Evening in Medina Wasil Village, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, 2008
Claire Beckett‘s Simulating Iraq.
With my series Simulating Iraq I deal with American military training for the war in Iraq. These photographs were made on military bases within the U.S. in fabricated spaces designed to simulate conditions in Iraq. I draw attention to the appropriation of Iraqi culture including Americans (both soldiers and civilians) role-playing as Iraqis, the use of specific costumes, objects and architecture. What interests me about these simulated Iraqi spaces is the way the imagination is at work in them, both in the psychology of this imagination and in its inherent consequences…