In 2007, the Government Accountability Office reported that the Pentagon was unable to track about 30% of the weapons it had distributed in Iraq over the three previous years. It is estimated that during this time, 110,000 AK-47 rifles and 80,000 Glock pistols went missing.
Inventory is an attempt to make the abstraction of these actions more tangible. Through collaborative reenactment, Inventory both mimics and revises the course these weapons may have actually taken. With the financial support of many donors contributing through Kickstarter, I produced 190,000 individually-numbered records for these weapons which will be exhibited in various locations. Inventory is a participatory project, and visitors are encouraged to take a selection of these cards from the gallery wall to keep or pass on to others. Participants possessing an inventory card are invited to record its location on this page so collectively we can track its whereabouts.