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a collection of what seems to be tactical geographical maps used by the US military during the Iraq war. due to the use of short slogan verbs, I am not sure to interpret them as informational maps or just infographic-like encouragement posters to boost soldier morale?

the maps are part of Jenny Holzer collection at the Venice Biennale, which mostly consists of enlarged, painted versions of declassified government & military material obtained from the American National Security Archive. the black strips of censured text on the sensitive material describing issues in Guantánamo Bay, Iraq & Afghanistan merge as a piece of abstract art.

[links: flickr.com & spruethmagers.com|via we-make-money-not-art.com]

see also military slide design & its redesign.

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(map pictures from Regine at flickr.com)

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3 COMMENTS

it's amazing to think that these are REAL declassified documents (or are they..?) With phrases like 'shock and awe', 'seize oil' and 'exploit', you really wonder about the state of the war...

Tue 14 Aug 2007 at 6:59 PM
andrea

Obviously more planning went into the war than this, but this is just silly.

Wed 15 Aug 2007 at 2:41 AM
Scott

"I am not sure to interpret them as informational maps or just infographic-like encouragement posters to boost soldier morale?"

These look like the real deal when it comes to military maps. Very far from morale boosters.

Fri 20 Aug 2010 at 8:37 AM
John
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