PHONAR: Basetrack

Basetrack is a collaborative project between news photographers working in Afghanistan and Pakistan, who collaborated with the marines to create a timeline within the battalion deployment through the War. They were out there for seven months, however the good old American Government packed them up after only six. However they’re still going strong as an archive, and are in discussion to create performances and productions from the empowering stories published by the marines.

The point to this project is to prevent the marines becoming a product on th
e news, not just a story. This is their own story that made them to journalist, the commentator and the photographer of their own journey as apposed to becoming a ‘show’ on the News. This was partially created for the Marines families. The families created a community where they would watch and respond to the video and images posted by BASETRACK to spark conversations between fathers, brothers, mothers, wives; creating a window into the network and creating a support system between themselves.

The decision makers who stopped this project have never shown themselves, and it is interesting to wonder what made them so uncomfortable with this simple connection between the soldiers base camp and their homes. The creators think this may be down to the questions asked within the community by the families following and discussing the missions they were sent on, and may have been taken as unsupposting the Politics behind it all and the military itself. Questioning one mission alone does not forsake the belief in the military as a whole though, and as  means of hosting conversations of these families with relatives out there, of course questions would be posted.

Now a theatrical performance is being written with parts of the script being taken from the Facebook pages hosting the conversations. The shows help to highlight the main purpose of BASETRACK in the first place: to take the war out of the news context and bring it into every possible connection possible to engage the people on the other side of the World with very little understanding of their lives.

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