. . . and babies




silent, 3:57*, 2003-06 (configured as an installation, with video projected into a large bottle)


Civilian casualties continue to mount long after wars “officially” end.     I shot these video images of foetuses and infants in a Vietnamese hospital in 1991. Vietnamese medical professionals believe that the continuing high percentage of birth defects is a direct consequence of the US use of Agent Orange in their country from 1961 to 1971. Depleted uranium weapons used in Iraq in 1991 are now linked to similar birth defects, both in Iraqi children as well as in babies born to soldiers serving in the Gulf War. The title of the piece is an homage to the Art Workers Coalition poster of the same name, produced by Jon Hendricks, Irving Petlin and Frazier Dougherty following the My Lai massacre, with a photograph of dead Vietnamese children taken by Ron Haeberle.