(INAUDIBLE) TRUTHS explores the idea of political ritual, and how those in power use ritual to maintain a sense of order, justice and equality. In cases like Chelsea Manning's, the courtroom serves as a stage on which truth is concealed rather than brought to light. It has been shown at 110 Church Gallery (Philadelphia) in their 2014 show RiTUAL.
This eight-fold functions both as a poster and a book. 4.5" x 8.5", 6 pages, digitally printed. Edition of 30/P.O.D. 2013.
This text was based on the unofficial transcript of the Chelsea Manning trial provided under a Creative Commons license by Freedom of the Press Foundation. The US military has refused to release an official transcript. Because the majority of the press was not allowed inside the courtroom, the stenographer could only transcribe what they could from a live feed of the trial. "(INAUDIBLE)" can be found repeatedly throughout the transcript for this reason.
The 15,000 marks hidden behind the text represents the estimated 15,000 violent civilian deaths in Iraq between January 2004 and December 2009 that were unknown to the public until released in the Iraq War Logs by Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks.
The Iraq Body Count calculates that over 150,000 violent deaths have been recorded since March 2003, with more than 122,000 (80%) of them civilian. That means, if you open up ten of these books and place them next to each other, you will sea those 150,000 represented by the marks.