This Time in History, What Escapes is an installation about Afghanistan, where the humanitarian and political crisis continues and ISIL / Islamic State is gaining ground.
The work conveys the rupture in military masculinity since the withdrawal of Nato troops, and the symmetric pan-cultural erasures of women. “What escapes” conventional reports.
The materials used have both a direct and symbolic significance, referencing the rich mineral resources of Afghanistan, including gold, lapis lazuli and copper; a blue burka as worn by Afghan women, and the survival kit used by the UK armed forces.
What Escapes cites Chelsea Manning the WikiLeaks informer who was recently released from Military prison in the US, having as Bradley Manning leaked the Afghan War Logs and other sensitive material. And Alexander Blackman, known as “Marine A” recently freed from prison in Wiltshire, his conviction for murder (of a Taliban fighter) under the Geneva Convention having been reduced to Manslaughter.
The opium trade flourishes.
This Time in History is Rose Frain’s continuing project. She spent time in Alexandria, Egypt just prior to the uprisings there / Cairo. Her work Alexandria Light is considered to have been prescient.
She has been closely following the geo-political situation in Afghanistan ever since the US led bombing of November 2001 in reprisal for the attacks of 9/11.
Special thanks to all at Summerhall and to Hope Scott Trust, Demarco European Foundation, KSLD, Stephen Baird, Highlander, Vestey Foods.