Jenny HolzerShape the Battlespace 2007

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Jenny Holzer (born 1950)
Shape the Battlespace
Date 2007
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2011 x 2602 x 40 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

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Holzer’s works have a strong political emphasis, questioning how information is both controlled and received in the public domain. First exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2007, this work forms part of a series of screenprints that reveal sensitive government transcripts relating to America’s intervention in the Middle East. Here Holzer uses a document from the National Security Archive, enlarging a military map of Iraq and setting it against a bright background. As with her earlier 'Truisms', language is Holzer’s primary concern, with the phrase "Shape the Battle Space" appearing sinisterly alongside strategic illustrations of the invasion.

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