Portable Protest - Casey's Pawns

Date: 2004 - 2007
Ref: 0316
Materials: 50 Military combat suits, gold foil silkscreen print, leather, felt, wooden head pieces and original Lambda colour photographs of the intervention at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Dimensions: Installation variable
Exhibition history: 2007 Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich; 2006 Centraal Museum Utrecht, Holland; Franco Sofiantino Gallery, Turin; 2005 Gwangju Biennale South Korea; 2004 Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK
Courtesy: The Artists and Collection Luigi Franco, Turin

Portable Protest is a response to the 2nd Gulf War and the Fallujah invasion of 2004. The body of work was commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for a performance held on 25 June, just five days before the hand-over of sovereignty to the Iraqi government and the start of the withdrawal of US and allied forces. Fifty volunteers took part in a passive protest for peace wearing gold-printed combat suits. For over two hours we silently meditated the future fate of Iraq and its citizens amid the tombs, sepulchres and war trophies from historical battles and combats.

Portable Protest toured to the 2006 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, a city famous for student protests against the dictatorial regime and now a symbol of the country’s pro-democracy resistance – a movement with special poignancy in light of the political situation that still divides the peninsula.

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