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A Protest Song

By WILLIAM PYM

A short video made when the occupation of Iraq had sunk into relentless carnage subverts the American cry for independence.

ADEL ABIDIN, Jihad, 2006, video still, video: 3 min 27 sec. Courtesy Location One, New York.

Jihad (2006), by Iraqi conceptualist Adel Abidin, is as gloriously slight as a work of art can be. Taking aesthetic cues from jihadist video messages—the recordings in which groups claim responsibility for attacks or make demands and which have become part of global visual vocabulary—Abidin works lean and cheap…

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