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Jeremy Deller's It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq
$39.95
It Is What It Is began at the New Museum in New York with an installation featuring the remnants of a car destroyed in a 2007 bombing on Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street, and continued on a three-week road trip across the country. The project—commissioned by The Three M Project, a consortium developed by the New Museum in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles—used the car, now on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum in London, to ground conversations in the facts, figures, and eyewitness descriptions that were lacking in most accounts of the Iraq war and also served as a visual aid to prompt open dialogue and civil conversation. On the road trip, Deller recorded each conversation, saved drawings and notes, and photographed each participant in the project. These documents, including the transcribed conversations, have been collected into this deluxe 180-page book, edited by the artist.