Tug of War, 2009, gouache on archival digital print/ Hahnemühle, 12” x 14”. Photo source by JamesDale10 on FLICKR of Uday Saddam Hussein’s Ferrari. Horsemen derived from the Combat of Rustam and Kâmus in Shah Tahmãsp’s Shãhnãmeh, fol.271a, attributed to “Abd al-Vahhãb, c.1530. Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Uday Saddam Hussein and his brother Qusay were killed by a TOW missile strike conducted by US Special Operations and 101st Airborne Division on July 22, 2003. Uday had an extensive exotic car collection. Tug of War includes an image of his Ferrari 500 Maranello, purportedly destroyed by our armed forces as well. It provides the set for a “tug of war” of more ancient warriors in all their finery, speaking to the sad continuity and ritual of war. From the innocent game involving only a rope to complex operations involving Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) anti-tank missiles, Tug of War reveals our preoccupation with war, from cradle to grave.
Dimensions: 12 x 14 inches