Nancy Davenport

Bombardment

2001

Nancy Davenport’s Bombardment relates to an Associated Press photograph of Beirut taken during the 1982 Israeli invasion. An early user of Photoshop, she created digital images of a terrorist attack on a modern apartment building. As the artist says: “[The] body of work is about the repetition of social crisis and how, with the rise of digital photography, there was a certain loss of the real – or lost illusions of the real. I was interested in how these lost illusions of the real related to lost political illusions. It was right after the anti-globalization riots in Seattle, and it was a very specific political moment.” These same ideas inform Library, which concerns the American invasion of Iraq. Leaflets were printed for a protest with the injunction “Stop the War!”; but before the protest could take place the United States invaded Iraq. The work comments on the speed at which information travels and on people’s capacity to deal with events globally. Raising public awareness through printed leaflets has now been replaced by social networking sites making Library a nostalgic and romantic image, reinforced through the digitally inserted images of leaflets blowing languidly across the empty square.

Titre
Bombardment
Date
2001
Technique
Photographie
Matériaux
chromogenic print framed
Dimensions
95.3 x 125.7 cm; image: 81.3 x 111.2 cm
Nationalité
Canadian
Mention de source
Purchased 2011
Numéro d'acquisition
2011.70