Beyond Third Lanscape + Mapping Identity
by Antonio Ottomanelli
Beyond Third Landscape had initially been envisaged as a survey of the landscape of Afghan reconstruction . With time it became a collection of silent voids, also encompassing Iraq. Lybia and USA will be added as new and last chapter before the end of 2012. I wanted to document the state of architecture and of reconstruction, to provide a fresh portrait of those places previously described through war images, so as to bring us closer to what we are trying to change but do not know.
Mapping Identity Is a project realized between November 2011 and February 2012 (the months of the U.S. troops withdrawal) during a workshop carried out with the contribution of the University of Baghdad - Fine Arts Faculty. Baghdad has suffered structural damage after the U.S. military occupation. The latest map of Baghdad was made by the U.S. Army in 2003, for military and strategic purposes, in a very large scale. There is no civilian map of the current configuration. There is no census or registry. Mapping Identity is our proposal for an honest redesign of the city of Baghdad, as close as possible to the reality that pervades it.