“Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe that worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow…. Leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such condition, one could make people believe the most fantastic statement one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism, instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”

Hannah Arendt

Still from the video 

The tank of my sketchbook

 Single-Channel – 6’54 minutes colour HD and Archive

 

I first visited the Imperial War Museum in 2018, where I was struck by the display of a Soviet- made T55 tank, which had also been captured in Iraq during the invasion in 2003. The museum had displayed it as an example of a “Russian cold-war period main battle tank”. The tank became the catalyst to revisit my own memories of the Iran-Iraq war, which was dominated by childhood, and subsequent conflicts in Iraq. I remembered the sirens at school, and Iraqi state television broadcast propaganda cartoons glorifying Saddam’s war efforts.I felt the deep contrast between the IWM’s scientific and institutional approach to story-telling and my own subjective childhood memories of the war.

The child’s perspective of a conflict is often untold. Their voices are silenced by the adults telling the story.

The project juxtaposes this institutional history with the child’s perspective of war. Through animation and collage, I will bring together drawings of the tank, from my memories and media clippings from the Iraqi state media cartoons.

Silence Along the River
Cineholic
dado
The Tank of my Sketchbook
Paper Puppet Testimony
The Music of the Bush Era
Chalk Line
Iraq Numismatic Society
Wild Instrument
The Map of Iraq
Sharwal
What is Jully Doing