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Samira Yamin’s work deals primarily with the narrativization and representation of war through an interrogation of documentary war photography. Recently she was a resident artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, and while there she was working on two bodies of work: Geometries, a series in which she meticulously hand-cuts Islamic sacred geometries onto TIME Magazine articles about current wars in the Middle East; and a series of short stories called Charlie the repeatedly and obsessively narrate a single photograph of two soldiers dragging a dead Iraqi face-down in the dirt. She’s driven by a pressing necessity to confront the imagery of wartime photojournalism and its relationship to our systems of acquiring and distributing knowledge. Her engagement with this material is two-fold: analytical yet teeming with emotion.
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