untitled film still paintings
if I died in a combat zone

tour of duty
karen
soda man
my father asks what's going on?





Initially I began this project inspired by a line in Barbara Sonneborn's sensitive and most illuminating film, Regret to Inform. Twenty years after receiving news that her husband had been killed in the war, Sonneborn embarks on a journey through the country where he fought and died. Woven into her personal odyssey are interviews with American and Vietnamese widows from both sides of the conflict who speak openly about the men they loved and how war changed their lives forever.

At one point in her travels, Sonnaborn meditates upon the fact that for her friend, who was a small girl during the war and was now serving as her guide and interpreter, Vietnam is the land of memories, but that for her, Sonnaborn, "Vietnam is the land of my imagination." I identified very strongly with this sentiment and began to try to understand where the images of my imagination actually came from and what that might say about how I understand the war and my father's experience in it.

It became obvious to me that for all my imagining of the Vietnam War, very little of it actually came from my father's first-person perspective, but rather by how the war was represented in the Hollywood films I was brought up watching. All my fantasies and aspirations about the war have always been framed by the safe, distant, and fictionalizing perspective that the movie camera provides, and that the most spectacular scenes from these films, the napalm explossions, necessitates.



































Curt Bozif Untitled Film Still No. 1, 2009
oil on canvas, 57' x 32'

Curt Bozif
(Detail) Untitled Film Still No. 1, 2009,
oil on canvas, 57' x 32'

Curt Bozif
Untitled Film Still No. 2, 2010,
oil on canvas, 66' x 37'

Curt Bozif (Detail) Untitled Film Still No. 2, 2010,
oil on canvas, 66' x 37'