Jean Marie Casbarian

Chasing Napalm sets out to reconstruct my father's memory as a military officer who transported napalm and mustard gas via the Liberty Ships and convoys of World War II. As I stitch together his images with mine, a chronicle begins to unfold -- Notions of migration and transmigration, romanticized ideas of being the nomad; war, hatred, displacement, and confusion remain seductively melancholic and nostalgic. My fictions twist and distort his truths until I find an opening to construct a visual history, albeit a fabricated memory, of the past. Through a combination of photographs, slide and video projections, and private performances, I am mapping this journey that will culminate in the seafaring voyage similar to the one he had taken from Nova Scotia to England with the US convoys of 1943.