Hoax At a meeting of the U.N. security council on 5 February 2003, the United States Secretary of State Colin Powell presented the ‘indisputable’ evidence for the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. His story formed the legitimate reason for the invasion of Saddam Hussain’s country, six weeks later, by a coalition led by the United States. Eleven months later, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a crushing report, exposing that high-ranking U.S. officials deliberately fooled the world about the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles. If we had known earlier about Powell’s story to be a hoax, would Hussain still have been deposed?
Frank van der Stok Frank van der Stok (b. 1967) is a curator, editor, essayist and intermediary for artists and art institutions. He also works as an editor and producer of artists’ books.
Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.