Theater of Operations; Eleey Katrib – MoMA PS1

The Gulf Wars 1991-2011

given our current cultural climate, art institutions are practically the only places where we can actually step back from our own present and compare it with other historical eras

written in the aftermath of Abu Ghraib

Boris Groys

an Iraqi historian … becomes obsessed with a bookseller he encounters on his first trip back to Baghdad who is attempting to catalogue all that has been lost in the first minute of the Iraq war. The tale of the young scholar and the eccentric book dealer weaves in stories of the destroyed human and non-human lives – the moment an old tree is bombed, a prized stamp collection erupts in flames, a family is killed – and the expansive histories, relationships, and futures that die with them…

Theater of Operations

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