Saturday, January 26, 2013 | 12 –10pm
Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 12 – 8pm
Extended through January 28, 2013
WHITE BOX is pleased to present the first solo performance by American artist Amy Stoker. Entitled X, the endurance performance will be conducted over the course of three days.
Stoker’s provocative live performance will involve a dismantling of a 600 square foot American flag in silence. The performance, X derives its name from the unknown number of civilian casualties of the Iraq War that lasted from 2003-2011. X acts as a memorial to the Iraqi civilians whose lives were lost. Though the war is officially over, an official count of the losses has yet to be recognized by the United States. The most accurate count, created by the nonprofit organization, Iraqi Body Count, has estimated the death count to have reached upwards of 120,000. Other news sources have reported the count could be much higher due to lack of an organized system of documentation.
During the three days, the flag will be cut into small squares, each representing an Iraqi life lost. The piece will continue until the entire flag has been disassembled and the number of pieces left on the ground remains unknown.
About the Artist
Amy Stoker is a current BFA candidate at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Photography and Imaging department. A native of South Georgia, she moved to NYC back in 2009 to obtain her degree. Her work most often deals with topics of war and the military, which is heavily influenced by a personal relationship with a member of the armed forces.