The 'back pages' of American 'commercial' pornography and fashion shoots are juxtaposed with documentary war photography from the Middle East. Bombed buildings, casualties, open wounds, and melted flesh appear on the skin and garments of glamorous models and nudes who pose seductively for the public spectator's gaze, thus becoming unsettling metaphors of conflict in the 21st century.
The titles pulled from the lexicon of mainstream pornography function to expose violent undertones of misogyny, homophobia, racial hatred, and orientalism prevalent in wartime American pop culture. I strive to link the rhetoric & representation of abject, fetishized bodies with the viewpoint of the oppressor's libidinal gaze. These images were constructed to reflect on the emergence of "War Porn" distributed and circulating on the internet and mainstream media networks.