Baghdad, 5 March 2007: A New Display with Jeremy Deller


LONDON.- The Imperial War Museum London will display a car salvaged from the bombing of the historic Al-Mutanabbi street book market in Baghdad. The bombing on 5 March 2007 killed thirty-eight people and wounded many more, and is viewed as an attack on Baghdad’s cultural life. No one has ever claimed responsibility. The Museum has worked with Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller to present the destroyed vehicle, a major new acquisition which serves as evidence of the impact of modern war on civilians. At the beginning of the 20th Century, ten per cent of all casualties in conflict were civilians; now that figure is 90%. Previously the car has featured in Deller’s project in the USA, It Is What It Is. It will now be displayed in Imperial War Museum London’s main atrium, surrounded by some of the most powerful military hardware of the past 100 years. During its time on display,