Free and open

Zaq Landsberg

2017 FSP/Jerome Fellow

Peshmerga Fighting Vehicle

9’ 4” x 9’ 4” x 19’ 1”
Plywood, paint, pavers, tires, headlights, steel, gas cap, caulk

Artist Statement

This sculpture is a replica of an actual modified truck, protected with homemade armor plating, based on a vehicle in service with the military forces of Kurdistan (Peshmerga) in 2014, operating in Iraq and Syria against ISIS.

Due to the politics of the region, the international community refused to equip the Peshmerga with heavy weaponry for years. Forced to improvise, the Kurds outfitted bulldozers, tractors and other vehicles with makeshift armor plating and bright unstandardized camouflage. The innovative results protect them from roadside bombs, mines and small arms fire.

This sculpture is a faithful reproduction of a real vehicle. The attempt was to replicate the choices of the original designers. Consider those choices, they are not based on aesthetics but based on survival necessity. The visual result is  humorous which makes the meaning of it's real context in war more tragic.

Zaq Landsberg


Born: Los Angeles, CA, 1985
Resides: Brooklyn, NY

• BFA, New York University, 2007

Selected Exhibitions
• Discover Zaqistan: the Art of Adventure, CUAC, Salt Lake City, UT, 2016
• ‘Solidaridad Obrera’ La Ene, Marker 2015, Art Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2015
• Surcursal/Colección (La Ene), Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Lima Perú, 2014

Selected Awards
• Emerging Artists’ Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY, 2014
• International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, Honorable Mention, 2007