landing at al asad airbase

Landing at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq- Desert Airfield Al Anbar Province, (2013) was made by Sarah Ashkin in collaboration with artist Eric Bissell during a residency at the Foundry Nights Gallery Space. It uses landscape, specifically the desert environment, to connect two Ashkin’s memories of growing up in the Southwest with the second largest US airbase in the Iraq desert. The piece sparks conversation about distance and familiarity, place and difference.

Can we use the similarities of disparate landscape to develop empathy for one another?

  • DIRECTED by Eric Bissell

  • PERFORMANCE by Sarah Ashkin

  • MUSIC by Iris McCloughan

  • CREATED for/with The Foundry Nights Gallery Space, Oakland, CA and Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA

  • PHOTOS by Eric Bissell

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