by Nina Berman
Homeland examines the militarization of American life post September 11, focusing on the enticing nature of the contemporary American security state; the government’s role as scriptwriter and theatrical producer, and the role of citizens as paid actors. volunteers and consumers in the advancement of the war on terror narrative.
The work does not visually differentiate between scenes depicting everyday security measures and specific simulations or drills, leaving the viewer to consider where the game ends and the “real” world begins. The photographs were made between September 2001 and 2015
"I'm learning how to be safe. I ordered my anti nukes pills and some for my child and a radiation monitor which I put on my key chain. It's cute and looks like a car remote and a bargain at $129. I have a Go kit stashed in a white pail just like the one used by 9-11 rescue heroes during those dark days when they dug through dirt and bones. I'm not sure where I will need to go but I know someone will tell me.
Meanwhile I pay attention to the colour warnings. A flag in my town flies atop our Homeland Security advisory billboard and lets me know I should feel each day."When the flag is yellow I'm hopeful about the future and treat myself to a manicure. When it's orange, I'm not so carefree and watch more intently the people around me. "
"With close to one million names on our nation's terrorist watch list, who knows who could be lurking out there?"
"I live in a country uniquely blessed. I feel this when I enter my church and see our Christian flag next to our American flag.
I feel it on God and Country Sunday when members of our military march downthe aisle. I'm proud and humbled to have a pastor who is so close to Christ, our warrior, and also to our President."