Civilization and its Discontents 2003 installation view at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York
Persian and Persian type carpets, mixed fabrics, metal staples, Dimensions variable
Civilization and its Discontents began in early 2003, as the U.S. was preparing to invade Iraq. The first version was exhibited at Smack Mellon, a non profit gallery in Brooklyn, New York, where they filled a small project space. It utilized Persian and Persian type carpets, including two that were based on the image of an Afghan War rug made in the 1980s. These carpets, which vary so dramatically in quality and condition are to be found in every imaginable corner of our society, from the garbage heap to the museum, and of course, at Wal-Mart. They run the gamut of production and use values, employ various technologies and embody a range of motivations, from spiritual to economic.