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Tania Candiani Commissioned by Frieze Projects

Tania Candiani Commissioned by Frieze Projects. Presented with Instituto de Vision, Bogotá

Camouflage, 2020


“Drawing from a group of images by photographer Dorothea Lange, Making camouflage nets for the War Department (1942), Candiani reenacts the forced labor of Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps at Manzanar and the Santa Anita Assembly Center in California during World War II.

Supervised by army engineers, groups of women wove huge, camouflage nets made from hemp, designed to fit over tanks and other war machines. Recreating the giant loom-like structures and working with performers to re-create the camouflage over the course of the art fair, Candiani seeks to make visible the choreography of coerced labor during this reprehensible episode in American history, and to draw correlations the current migrants detentions camps along the US/Mexico border.”




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