White Box (329 Broome St., Manhattan)
WHITE BOX is pleased to present the first solo performance by American artist Amy Stoker. Entitled X, the endurance performance will be conducted over the course of two days.
Stoker’s provocative live performance will involve a dismantling of a 600 square foot American flag in silence. The performance, X derives its name from the unknown number of civilian casualties of the Iraq War that lasted from 2003-2011. X acts as a memorial to the Iraqi civilians whose lives were lost. Though the war is officially over, an official count of the losses has yet to be recognized by the United States. The most accurate count, created by the nonprofit organization, Iraqi Body Count, has estimated the death count to have reached upwards of 120,000. Other news sources have reported the count could be much higher due to lack of an organized system of documentation.
During the two days, the flag will be cut into small squares, each representing an Iraqi life lost. The piece will continue until the entire flag has been disassembled and the number of pieces left on the ground remains unknown.