Nina Berman: Homeland Insecurities
Since that day in September of 2001, the United States has unilaterally invaded two small countries, illegally imprisoned and at times tortured foreign citizens, holding them for years in conditions that undermine principles of international law and human rights for which Americans have long claimed to stand, driven its economy deep into debt, and seen the value of its currency plunge. These crimes and nightmares have been perpetrated in the name of “homeland security,” also name of the government agency created to insure that 9/11 never happens again, whatever the cost. In the shadow of this grim history, Nina Berman’s work examines what the United States has become and how its citizen are responding to a period of conflict and threat—whether imagined or real—unlike any known for two generations. Her observations, offered in the successive and chilling bodies of photography she has created since 2001, will not reassure those at home or abroad who hope to see a kinder and gentler United States emerge from the post-Bush and Cheney epoch.
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Published in Photoworks Issue 11, 2009
Commissioned by Photoworks