Colonial Army vs. Free Press
C-print face-mounted on plexi, with floating box mount on rear
Edition of 4, 16” by 24”
From the Dog Warrior Series (From the Ledger Books of the Dog Warriors)
In the above image an IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldier threatens an international or foreign cameraman in the Occupied Territories. As of April 2003 five foreign journalists have been killed by the IDF. This piece is dedicated to Iyad Samudi, the producer of the film, Jenin Jenin, 2002. His film, banned in Israel, documents the massacre at the Jenin Refuge camp in 2002 in which 250 people were killed and 13,500 left homeless. Samudi was shot and killed by the IDF just after the film was complete. Kofi Annan’s UN investigations of alledged war crimes were successfully blocked by the US and Israel.
Original image forwarded to Eric Ringsby by a member of the International Solidarity Movement to help educate the American public through art. Ringsby is a peace activist member of this organization dedicated to liberating the Occupied Territories by Gandhian non-violent direct action.
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The original “Ledger Books of the Dog Warriors” were made by Cheyenne Indian warriors who made contour line drawings in colored pencil to record their military history. Ringsby has loosely interpreted this tradition to draw a connection between the Palestinian and American Indian histories.
The Dog Warriors were known for their fearlessness in battle as well as for refusing to surrender to the US Cavalry. Ringsby would like to draw a further parallel between the infamous Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado Territory, 1864 and the Jenin Refugee Camp Massacre of 2002. In both cases refugee camps were massacred in retaliation for guerrilla warriors killing settlers illegally occupying traditional homelands.
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