Image: 54.6 x 205.7 cm (21 1/2 x 81 in.) Frame: 74.6 x 229.9 cm (29 3/8 x 90 1/2 in.)
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2008
Not on view
The Urban Warfare Training Center is a mock city located in Israel's Tze'elim military base in the Negev desert. Built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and funded largely through U.S. military aid, the 7.4-square-mile generic city consists of modules that can be reconfigured by mission planners to represent specific towns. Known as Baladia City-the Arabic word balad means village-it is used by the Israel Defense Forces as well as by the U.S. Army to prepare soldiers for urban warfare. The simulated city includes shops, a grand mosque, a hospital, a Kasbah quarter, and a cemetery that doubles as a soccer field, depending on the scenario. The facility is equipped with an audio system that simulates helicopters, mortar rounds, and prayer calls. During training exercises, Arabic music is played in the background. Kremer's panoramic photograph-part of larger body of work focusing on the impact of Israel's ongoing military engagement on the natural landscape-captures and intensifies the haunting artifice of this simulated desert town.
Inscription: Labels affixed to frame backboard, verso, L: "JULIE SAUL GALLERY // 535 West 22nd Street // New York, NY 10011 // Shai Kremer // Panorama Urban Warfare Training Center, Tze'elim // 2007 // chromogenic print // edition of 10 // 28 x 90" // [artist's signature in black marker]"; R: "ASF // A Street Frames Inc // 800-805-7655 // Care and cleaning Instructions // … Plexi // …"; ["Clear UF-3 1/8" is checked off]; "A street Frames // Boston // Cambridge // New York // 755 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 www.artreetframes.com"
The artist; [Julie Saul Gallery, New York]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography," November 4, 2008–March 22, 2009.