Amazonian News Network (2005)
video, 5 minutes 45 seconds
Amazonian News Network explores the Female Soldier archetype, representing both gender transgression and patriotism in popular media since the 17th century, through the visual language of a 24-hour news channel. Segments, both factual and fictional, magnify a reporting style in which individual narratives overshadow broader sociopolitical contexts.
Featured in People Magazine, FOX News, and personal web logs, military women's personal narratives have influenced our understanding of the conflict in Iraq. Depending on the situation, the news outlet, and the women’s own marketability, they have been lauded as patriotic heroes, disparaged as weak fighters, held up as poster girls for feminism gone awry, or not regarded as newsworthy.
The score was written and performed by the excellent musician and composer Paul Hogan.
Installation view in Day Labor exhibition at PS1 and video stills:
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