“Battlespace,” an exhibition of photographs from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, launches today at http://www.battlespaceonline.org. The project was produced by November Eleven, an independent media organization, to mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq.
The exhibition—also on view at Gallery FCB and at the Aurora photo agency in New York City—features work by 20 photographers: Ghaith Abdul Ahad, Christoph Bangert, Guy Calaf, Andrew Cutraro, Balazs Gardi, Ashley Gilbertson, Eros Hoagland, Jason Howe, Yuri Kozyrev, Teru Kuwayama,Rita Leistner, Ben Lowy, Jehad Nga, Lucian Read, Moises Saman,Stephanie Sinclair, Peter van Agtmael, Luke Wolagiewicz, Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, and Stefan Zaklin
The photographs were made in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they depict neither country. They are glimpses of an alternate reality built upon them. They are fragments, captured from behind the walls of concrete superbases—or outside them, through nightvision goggles and ballistic eye shields.
The images collected here do not provide a comprehensive account of these wars, or an understanding of these nations or their peoples. They reflect the personal experiences of a group of photographers, presenting an unsanitized view of the theater of war.
Battlespace: The environment, factors, and conditions which must be understood to successfully apply combat power, protect the force, or complete the mission. This includes the air, land, sea, space, and the included enemy and friendly forces, facilities, weather, terrain, the electromagnetic spectrum, and information environment within the operational areas and areas of interest. —U.S. Department of Defense
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. —Sun Tzu, The Art of War