Thursday, December 26, 2013

Al Jumhuri Morgue

Its a nightmare scene that I have replayed over in my mind to the point its just a familiar sight. December of 2004 during my deployment to Iraq I had to make several stops at the local hospital and had to go into the morgue on a couple occasions. I can't say what the cause of death was for everyone in there, but the volume of bodies generated by the war outpaced the hospitals' ability to deal with it. This holding room on the east side of the examination room was stacked to overflowing, and the extra containers outside were packed. Due to frequent power outages, they could not be kept cool in the hot climate.
    I have often considered making artwork about the deployment but have found it difficult to bring myself to do as it is not light - hearted work.

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