Dictionary of Military Terms



three-channel video installation, 2014

by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms is a compendium of terminology used by the United States Department of Defense. The artist’s Dictionary of Military Terms visualizes this text as an abécédaire of empire. Words with both mundane and military functions are extracted, arranged, and voiced alongside stock footage illustrations. They are accompanied by the artist’s chronology of modern U.S. armed aviation, from the B-52 bomber to the modern drone.