August 1991 National Geographic examines my memory of a particular issue of a National Geographic magazine I encountered as a child. The cover story of this issue examined the atrocities of the burning oil fields in Kuwait during the Gulf War. As a child, oblivious to the source and meaning of the images, I was both repelled by and drawn to these images. I understood the situation to be real due to the authority of the yellow border, but the whole scene seemed incredibly alien, terrifying, and impossible.
The video is comprised of video recordings and scans I made of the magazine, as well as range of found footage.