Created Image: Mapping Burn Pits


A screenshot of an aerial view of Joint Base Balad with annotated portions


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Contributed date

November 8, 2018 - 9:24pm

Critical Commentary

  • I’m interested in the various tools my interlocutors, particularly veterans, employ in order to render their exposure visible. Some show me the results of clinical tests and imaging procedures--x-rays, lung biopsy reports, etc.--while others, like this veteran, use maps to convey the history of their exposures. These various means of locating toxics demonstrates how various ways of capturing toxics are called for.
  • I'm interested in the way screenshots or screengrabs have been utilized--particularly in patient and advocacy communities--to "capture" digital worlds at a particular moment in time.


Morgan, Alli. 2018. “Created Image: Mapping Burn Pits.” In Toxic Capture, created by Alli Morgan. In Visualizing Toxic Subjects Digital Exhibit, curated by James Adams and Kim Fortun. The Center for Ethnography. November.

Cite as

Anonymous, "Created Image: Mapping Burn Pits", contributed by Alli Morgan, Center for Ethnography, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 21 November 2018, accessed 5 December 2022.