"Operation Guest (The Gaddafi Plot)" (detail)  offset print on newsprint   28" x 15"   2014   Project Description   In December 2011 I learned from a Google Alert that the Mexican Government had disrupted a plot they dubbed "Operation Guest" to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi, from Niger, Africa to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX under the assumed name Daniel Bejar Hanan. Investigators also discovered false passports and birth certificates with the surname Bejar for Saadi, his wife, and two children. Saadi was to assume the name Daniel Bejar Hanan; coincidentally my name is Daniel Bejar, and we also share a similar likeness.   Utilizing this bizarre coincidence as a unique opportunity to continue my research into questions of identity, authorship, and geo-politics, I traveled to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX to realize this story through documented site-specific performances in the safe houses, beaches and resturaunts Saadi was to spend the rest of his days in.    Project Website    http://operationguest.com/

"Operation Guest (The Gaddafi Plot)" (detail)
offset print on newsprint
28" x 15"
2014

Project Description

In December 2011 I learned from a Google Alert that the Mexican Government had disrupted a plot they dubbed "Operation Guest" to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi, from Niger, Africa to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX under the assumed name Daniel Bejar
Hanan. Investigators also discovered false passports and birth certificates with the surname Bejar for Saadi, his wife, and two children. Saadi was to assume the name Daniel Bejar Hanan; coincidentally my name is Daniel Bejar, and we also share a similar likeness.

Utilizing this bizarre coincidence as a unique opportunity to continue my research into questions of identity, authorship, and geo-politics, I traveled to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX to realize this story through documented site-specific performances in the safe houses, beaches and resturaunts Saadi was to spend the rest of his days in.


Project Website
http://operationguest.com/

 "Operation Guest (Pool)"  site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print 20" x 30" 2012

"Operation Guest (Pool)"
site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print
20" x 30"
2012

 "Operation Guest (Playboy)"  site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print 20" x 30" 2012

"Operation Guest (Playboy)"
site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print
20" x 30"
2012

 "Operation Guest (Chihuahua)"  site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print 20" x 30" 2012

"Operation Guest (Chihuahua)"
site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print
20" x 30"
2012

 "Operation Guest (Football)"  site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print 20" x 30" 2012

"Operation Guest (Football)"
site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print
20" x 30"
2012

 "Operation Guest (Google Image Search)" (screenshot of Google Image Search results for Daniel Bejar Hanan)  search engine intervention, archival pigment print variable 2016   Click here to see current Google Image Search results.

"Operation Guest (Google Image Search)" (screenshot of Google Image Search results for Daniel Bejar Hanan)
search engine intervention, archival pigment print
variable
2016

Click here to see current Google Image Search results.

 "Operation Guest" (installation view, Brooklyn Museum, NY)   installation, offset print on newsprint, archival pigment prints variable dimensions 2014

"Operation Guest"
(installation view, Brooklyn Museum, NY)

installation, offset print on newsprint, archival pigment prints
variable dimensions
2014

 "Operation Guest (The Gaddafi Plot)" (installation view, Brooklyn Museum, NY)  offset print on newsprint   28" x 15"   2014

"Operation Guest (The Gaddafi Plot)" (installation view, Brooklyn Museum, NY)
offset print on newsprint
28" x 15"
2014

 "Operation Guest" (installation detail view, Brooklyn Museum, NY)   installation, offset print on newsprint, archival pigment prints variable dimensions 2014

"Operation Guest"
(installation detail view, Brooklyn Museum, NY)

installation, offset print on newsprint, archival pigment prints
variable dimensions
2014