John Jurayj, 'Untitled (Large Embassy with Red Mirror #1)'

John Jurayj, 'Untitled (Large Embassy with Red Mirror #1)'

John Jurayj
Born Evanston, Illinois, USA, 1968. Lives New York, USA
'Untitled (Large Embassy with Red Mirror #1)'
2007
Inkjet print on watercolour paper, with burn holes and mirrored Plexiglas
British Museum: 2009, 6032.1
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

Using a variety of media, including painting, print-making, sculpture and video, John Jurayj explores the impact of the Lebanese civil war (1975-90), as both a world conflict and an identity trauma. He often re-works photographs of Lebanon from family albums, press archives and online databases. Here he translates the brutality of war into an attack on the photograph itself. He enlarges to near abstraction a news photograph of the bombed US embassy in Beirut in 1984. The image is further disrupted by the holes burnt into the paper. The holes are then filled in with red, mirrored Plexiglas.