Iraqi Memorial is a call to action to artists, designers, architects or other interested creative individuals or collaborators to propose concepts for the creation of memorials to the many thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in the War in Iraq. As of 2007, estimates range from 77,000 to over 655,000 deaths in Iraq of non-combatants as a consequence of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”.


A diverse group of internationally based curators and scholars have been invited to serve as jurors for the project – they will each develop an updatable list of up to ten favorite entries (there will be no “winner” of this call for proposals). There is no final deadline for this project, March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, will serve as an initial first deadline for the jurors review of proposals. Works will also be freely rated by the viewing public on each individual artist’s page.

Jurors include:

  • Dr. Nadje Al-Ali, Centre for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
  • Yaelle Amir, Independent Curator and Writer, New York City, USA
  • Dr Bernadette Buckley, Lecturer in International Politics, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
  • Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta, The Raqs Media Collective, Delhi, India
  • Dr. David Simpson, Professor of English, University of California Davis, USA
  • John David Spiak, Curator, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
  • Dr. Marjorie Vecchio, Director/Curator, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Guidelines for Entries

This project seeks to highlight conceptions of memorials in the broadest context possible. From individual gestures of personal remembrance to monumental concepts functioning on a global scale – all ideations of memory that address the issue of Iraqi civilian deaths are welcome. From sketches on napkins to fully detailed digitally animated walkthroughs – the diversity of approaches to expressing your ideas will help to create an engaging and thought provoking repository of memorial concepts.

Who May Submit Proposals?
All artists, designers, individuals or collaborations are welcome and invited to submit proposals. You must be at minimum 18 years old to participate in this project.

There are no restrictions in regard to materials, media or processes – this project seeks to encourage proposals from across the diverse spectrum of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary artistic practice. This open call for proposals is open to all creative practice, including but not limited to: visual artists, performing artists, designers, architects, audio artists. Artists and designers should think as broadly a possible in considering the proposed use of materials, media and processes. All artistic processes will be considered in this context (permanent/temporary, physical/ethereal, object/performative, formal/interactive, traditional/relational, analog/digital).

It is up to each artist to define the context(s) as to where the proposed memorials would ideally be realized. There are no geographical, architectural, dimensional or spatial restrictions of any kind – as there is no defined location this is completely open to individual interpretation and imagination (physical/virtual, local/global, permanent/temporary). Artists are encouraged to consider the identification of site(s) as fluid yet critical to the proposal process.

What to Submit?
Artists are invited to use the format best suited to represent their individual memorial concepts. This can include, but is not limited to: drawings, diagrams, architectural renderings, scale models, photographs, descriptive texts, audio files, video or animated walk-through – whatever format most creatively represents the memorial concept.

How to Submit
Entries are accepted via this website. Please prepare the following information then use the online proposal form to complete the entry process.

  • 1-2 jpeg files and/or audio/video files up to (.mp3 or .mov), (a total 2 files maximum combined 15mb per submission)
  • project synopsis (200 words max)
  • artist’s bio (100 words max)
  • artist’s URL/website
  • Name, address, email, phone number, etc.

Information/Project Contact:

Project Director Joseph DeLappe
Associate Professor
Digital Media Studio
Department of Art/224
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89509

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