"Iraq Veterans Against The War" Exhibition

power House Arena

poster for "Iraq Veterans Against The War" Exhibition

This event has ended.

The artists and performers in this exhibition show how deeply all of us have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Consider the American war veteran who cuts up his uniform turning it into delicate and fragile paper on which he makes art, or the Iraqi artist who mourns the burning of the precious ancient art history book collection in Baghdad by collecting and displaying its remaining ashes. Consider further, the performance of an Iraqi artist living in a self confined gallery space who invites strangers to virtually shoot at him—an image from the “enemy” country, or the quiet respite of a photograph capturing an old man laying out his prayer rug in the green countryside far from the blight of urban battlefields.

Even outside of the war zone, we suffer. And so we count – we count casualties and losses by drawing little black figures or inserting transparent pegs; we count warplanes by delicately folding and then hanging them; we count stitches in our knitting into which we embed messages of peace; we count pills needed to dull the pain of watching rows of tombstones on our TV sets; we count letters to dead soldiers and then tear them up; we count the days these two wars have lasted. And continue to count.

The artists convey a broad range of reactions to the two wars: grief, rage, despair, cynicism, and even compassion. We thank everyone involved in 2,191 Days and Counting who have contributed their work and their time, reminding us that together we count, we remember, we record and we create beginnings out of endings.



from March 05, 2009 to March 22, 2009
a performance called Tea by Aaron Hughes on Thursday, March 19th 1-4pm

Opening Reception on 2009-03-07 from 18:00 to 22:00


Danya Abt, Grace Ann Alfiero, Waleed Arshad, Carole Ashley, Perry Bard, Nina Berman, Wafaa Bilal, Jean Christian Bourcart, Sherrard Bostwick, Orna Bradshaw, Pam Butler, Doris Caçoilo, Drew Cameron, Damian Catera, Susanna Coffey, Michael Courvoisier, Carla Cubit, Larry Cyr, Peter Delman, Alyssa Dreyfus, Elise Engler, Danielle Fotopoulos, Marilyn Freeman, Joy Garnett, Ariel Goldberg, Sam Gould, Mathieu Grandjean, Lori Grinker, Fariba Hajamadi, Maxine Henryson, John Paul Hornbeck, Tara Hughes-Hall, Rene Farkass, Jacob Goble , Basem Hassan, Diane Hodack, Aaron Hughes, Andrew Ellis Johnson, David Joseph-Goteiner, Wonder Koch, Joyce Kozloff, Dorothy Krakovsky, Jason Laning, Tyler Lee Zabe, Michael Vander Leeuw, Ju-Pong Lin, Ardele Lister, Melissa Macalpin, Kyla Mathis-Angress, Laura McCallum, Steve McCurry, Dato Mio, James Nachtwey, Nobuho Nagasawa, Aron Namenwirth, Farah Nosh, David Opdyke, Alexander Optivion, Zach Osif, Franc Palaia, Paul Park, Caroline Parker, John Paul, Kenneth Pietrobono, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Lucian Read, Paul Root, Martha Rosler, Erika Rothenberg, Hope Sandrow, Ilse Schreiber Noll, Laurie G. Selleck, Susan Silas, Elin O’Hara Slavick, Susanne Slavick, Qais Al-Sindy, Ilse Schreiber, Joan Snyder, Molly Snyder-Fink Chrysanne Stathacos, Natalie Toney, Jon Turner, Betsy Van Die, Christopher Vongsawat, Nathaniel Ward, AJ Wilhelm, Sarah Nelson Wright, Agnes Wszolkowski, The Yes Men, Suyeon Yun, Tyler Zabel, The Artists Against The War, The Combat Paper Project

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