As of November 29th, 2007, Iraqimemorial.org (http://www.iraqimemorial.org) has been officially launched and is open and available to accept proposals. Proposals that have been received as of this date are also available for viewing and public rating on the exhibition pages of the site. I am presently in the process of widely distributing the Call for Proposals. Finalizing the design and publication of the site online has been an amazing and exhausting process. The Arabic translation of the site is now online and accessible!
Of the original 22 artists who agreed to create the first round of proposals we have received 15. A number of these artists will be posting their proposals in the next few weeks. Several of these artists have relayed to me that the would like to take more time to effectively address the enormity of the difficult issue of the deaths of civilians in the war. This is surely one of the questions that this open forum will be addressing as the project moves forward - how do artists address such a difficult subject? How do we choose to function in a time of war?