Exposure

By Michelle Cioccoloni

Exposure is formed of two parts which work together, the first inspired by a First World War map, which, divided into tiny squares, showed in blue crayon the number of soldiers who had died in each area. It reads as a cold, clinical inventory of dead soldiers, the numbers ranging from 1 to 376 per square, but, translated into burn marks, the size and intensity of which increase the greater the number of casualties, it gives an immediate and stark image of the war-dead. This visual map contrasts with the reiterated phrase from Owen's poem, "But nothing happens", the only phrase visible on the top of the box, the main body of the poem remaining 'inside the box', closed away, unlike the soldiers exposed to the enemy fire, and to the elements, constantly, continually ... unless they ended up as a statistic marked on a map with a blue crayon.

 

Exposure

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