Out of Play is a six part video series that addresses overlapping relationships between the entertainment industry and the US military in Southern California. In Out of Play, Episode 1, I explore my father’s roles on military TV shows as an actor, how these TV shows are intimately connected with US military enlistment, and together we film him using a redacted court martial transcript as a script. <br>Out of Play, Episode 2, highlights military training exercises within Medina Wasl, one of eight simulated Iraqi villages at Fort Irwin Training Center in California. Here I speak with an Iraqi role player who was hired to live in character in Medina Wasl for eight years. Footage from Medina Wasl is interspersed with footage from the set fabrication shop that makes the walls for the military training site, as well as walls and building for film and television sets.
Abigail Raphael Collins
Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, installation and photography. Her work borrows from documentary, journalistic, and conceptual practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence through a queer feminist lens. She received her MFA from UCLA in 2015 and her BFA from Cooper Union in 2009. Recent exhibitions have been at the Pasadena Armory, Marathon Screenings, Angels Gate Cultural Center, PØST, Torrance Art Museum, USC Station Gallery, and UCLA. She is the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, UCIRA grant, residency at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, and is an upcoming resident at Shandanken.