Photography
Artist: Peter van Agtmael, American, born 1981, B.A. 2003

USA. Fort Jackson, South Carolina. 2011. A drill sergeant watches recruits performing combat lifesaving techniques. Several soldiers mimic brutal injuries, screaming and writhing, a few faintly smirking. The recruits bandage the injured and get them out of the “kill zone” while others provide cover. Their movements are slow and clumsy. A man in a black-billed hat films the action for later review. The instructors shake their heads and frown but say the exercise will run smoothly with more practice. Ultimately, most soldiers injured on the battlefield survive even the most grievous wounds.

2011

Inkjet print

image: 33 × 48.2 cm (13 × 19 in.); sheet: 33 × 48.2 cm (13 × 19 in.)
John H. Friedman, B.A. 1975, J.D. 1978, Art Gallery Director’s Discretionary Fund
2017.119.3a-b
Culture: 
American
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Photographs
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

The artist

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

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