Burning Question

What do war memorials fail to tell us about war?


Traveling To

Afghanistan and Vietnam


About the Project

Raskin will travel to Vietnam and Afghanistan, where she will study the vestiges of war, adding to her earlier investigations of Cold War narratives. During her travels, Raskin will examine the ways in which the public interacts with memorials through acts of ceremony, bereavement, and tourism; back in the U.S., she will speak with people involved in planning memorials to American soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


About the Artist

Born 1974, Miami, FL. Lives and works in Brooklyn.


Since 1998, Lisi Raskin has traveled to the Arctic Circle, visited atomic bunkers in the former East Germany and Yugoslavia, and journeyed through the American West, exploring the intersection of nuclear-age fears and utopian mythologies. Raskin’s on-site research has informed the making of paintings, drawings, objects, videos, and large constructed environments.


Raskin has exhibited internationally at institutions including the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in Germany; the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, in New York City. She has contributed to the P.S.1 Newspaper, North Drive Press, and Triple Canopy, and has published reviews in Frieze and C Magazine. Recipient of the 2005 Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, Raskin was a 2007 artist-in-residence at IASPIS, in Stockholm, and in 2008 at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, in New York City. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brandeis University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.