In the Green Zone: November 2007
single channel projected video
2 minutes 44 seconds looped
This video is generally presented alongside the project
He Opened Up Somewhere Along the Eastern Shore.
"The first prize winner, 'Dancing in the Desert' (which has been renamed to 'In The Green Zone: November 2007') by Jason Hanasik, does just that. The video shows two male soldiers laughing and slow-dancing, twirling and leaning in a way that actually doesn't seem feminine at all. The choppy film, which seems to have been captured on a low quality camera phone, first seems playful, humorous and sweet. As time passes, it becomes clear the piece addresses heavier themes. In Atkins' opinion, it tells of the "the war on terror and gender and sexuality."
-John Sand reviewing In the Green Zone: November 2007 for mndaily.com at the North American Graduate Art Survey