Thursday, March 26, 2009


It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

In DC on the National Mall
Thursday, March 26, 2009, 11am - 6pm
Jefferson Drive SW
between 12th & 14th Streets

Nationally touring public art project by Jeremy Deller.
Produced by Creative Time, NYC.

Deller's project is a catalyst for public discussion about the history, present circumstances, and future of Iraq through unscripted, nonpartisan conversations in cities across the country. These talks will be held in public sites such as shopping malls and parks by guest experts Jonathan Harvey and Esam Pasha, specially selected by Deller to participate in the tour. The presentation includes the remains of a car destroyed in a bombing in Baghdad.

Please come and participate and feel free to bring objects related to Iraq that could serve as a focus for discussion. More information about the project, including daily video updates as the project travels can be found at

Washington is the first stop on a three-week, 10-city road trip from New York to Los Angeles, featuring Jeremy Deller and guest experts Jonathan Harvey (an Iraq war veteran and recently demobilized Psychological Operations platoon sergeant) and Esam Pasha (an Iraqi refugee, artist, and former translator for the Chief Advisor in the British Embassy of Baghdad).

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq is curated for Creative Time by: Nato Thompson, Curator; and for the New Museum by: Laura Hoptman, Kraus Family Senior Curator, and Amy Mackie, Curatorial Assistant. The research team includes: Shane Brennan, Sarah Demeuse, Ozge Ersoy, Jazmin Garcia, and Terri C. Smith. The DC presentation was jointly organized by Provisions Library; Foreign Policy in Focus; the Institute for Policy Studies; Street Scenes: Projects for DC.

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