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Prototype: God Bless America!, 2006

Made in China, a mechanical toy dressed as an American soldier plays God Bless America on a trumpet. In this video, Rosler’s camera pans down to reveal that one of the toy’s camouflage-clad trouser legs has been rolled up to uncover what looks like a prosthetic limb. An anatomical reference that, together with the patriotic song that acts as America’s national anthem, creates a short but incisive anti-war video.

Technical details

Original title:
Prototype: God Bless America!
Registration number:
Rosler, Martha
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 3 min 52 s
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
© Martha Rosler
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