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Publisher Note

What are the stories we tell ourselves, the games we play, to manage unsettling realities? Necessary Fictions explores the performance of American power and identity in the post - 9/11 era. During trips to ten military bases across the United States since 2016, Debi Cornwall documented mock-village landscapes in the fictional country of "Atropia" and its denizens, roleplayers who enact versions of their past or future selves in realistic training scenarios. Costumed Afghan and Iraqi civilians, many of whom have fled war, now recreate it in the service of the U.S. military. Real soldiers pose in front of camouflage backdrops, dressed by Hollywood make-up artists in "moulage" - fake wounds - as they prepare to deploy. Cornwall presents a meta-reality - the artifice of war - and the books combines her photographs with a variety of texts to provoke critical inquiry about America's fantasy industrial complex.

Artist Monograph

Debi Cornwall

Necessary Fictions

Release Place Santa Fe, NM, United States of America
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2020
Artist: Debi Cornwall
Printrun 30
ISBN-13: 9781942185697
Subform Photobook
Topics War
Methods Photography
Language English
Dimensions 22.5 × 29.5 × 4.0 cm
Pages 324
Technique Offset