Vancouver artist, Faith Moosang studied theatre and politics at the University of Guelph and then went on to attain a BFA from Emily Carr and an MFA from the Simon Fraser University. An accomplished artist with an extensive exhibition history, Moosang is best known for her photography, film, video and installation work. Through her work, the artist confronts the space between political agency and the anti-aesthetic.
March to May, portrays the artist's photographic reflections of the war in Iraq. Using the Iraqi landscape and following the timeframe of March 20th, when the bombing in Baghdad commenced, to May 1st, 2003 when victory was declared by US President George Bush, the artist abstracts the televised visuals through extended exposure times.
"Each photographic image manifests as a durational record of approximately five seconds of selected real-time video segments of the televisual event. The extended exposures lend themselves to visual abstraction and, by extension, to political obfuscation - a purposeful disavowal whose intent is the denial of a place of purchase." (Moosang)
The artist creates a skewed sense of reality and a confused, altered timeline. The result is a surreal view of a very real tragedy. This deliberate obfuscation actually serves to illuminate the fact that our view of the actual events of war is very controlled and influenced by what the media chooses to reveal to us.
"This piece works within the interstitial of space and time. It lies between the real-space of war, with human bodies, machines and geography, and the dematerialization of those elements into the televisual spectacle - between the real-time of war and the hyper-fluidity of satellite transmission. Geography and time-zones play their part. What day is it in Iraq? When did this particular assault take place? Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow? It slips into the surreal." (Moosang)
"I want people to ask questions, not only of the work, but of the world we inhabit." (Moosang)