For series Collateral, artist Jean-Christian Bourcart pulled war porn from the net and projected them on and inside houses, churches and supermarkets of quiet upstate New York.
These images of wounded and murdered Iraqis where posted and captioned by American soldiers – “Where’s the rest of my shit?” for an amputated limb, “Needs a haircut” for a severed head.
This was not so much a question of denunciation but of confronting two nearly simultaneous realities: a distant war, merciless and chaotic, about which all we had were partial, carefully filtered echoes, and a landscape, a backdrop where everything was peaceful, orderly, controlled.
The most discomforting piece in the series isn’t the image of a house dripping with blood. It’s the subtler photo of a body projected into the grass of a suburban lawn, the one you almost miss.
A mixed body of his work is currently on display in Paris, including a new film tearing down stereotypes of residents Camden, New Jersey where he was directed by a “What are the most dangerous cities in America?” web search. “Kailash. Photographs and videos,” Jean-Christian Bourcart, Mar 25 – May 7, VU Gallery, Paris