Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chicago in War

Here is the info about the art show and series I am helping organize. We want Chicago to take a moment and deal with OUR do they effect our lives, our health, our communities, our families, our bodies, our cities, our country, our world....
If anyone wants to organize an event that would be AMAZING...we will put it in the calendar for the show!

The distance is great.

The disconnect is great.
The impact is deep.
CHICAGO IN WAR - November 2010
Chicago in War is a series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America.

We are seeking your participation.

Chicago is in a war. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have and will continue to leave deep scars in our hearts and minds; and for some of us these scars are emblazoned on our physical bodies and memories. Too often these occupa tions are swept from our conscience, into the alleys of our streets, into the corners of our city and our collective minds. If they are ever to come to end, their myriad effects must be recognized, unearthed, uncovered, demystified , and exposed!

We are calling on you to help bring the wars into the spotlight, gather the people, open the spaces and ask our city to listen!

We are calling for anyone who is moved by these ruptures and cracks in our lives to organize an event/art show/discussion/activity/ or action relating to this topic during the month of NOVEMBER 2010.
Send us your proposals at :

Please include:
1. A description of your event- how it relates to "Chicago in War"
2. Details about the time and place of your event that will be included in the printed and online programs for Chicago in War
3. Any links to websites that can be used to promote your event
Nicole Baltrushes
Program Coordinator-Chicago in War

The main events already scheduled in the Chicago in War series are:

Intrusive thoughts- an exhibition of work by Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans
Opening November 11th at The National Veterans Art Museum
Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that may become obsessions are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate.
Although it is commonly not seen there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This show will feature work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that will bring these signs from the shadows to the forefront and give these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussion of today.

Operation Exposure
A project of Just Seeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War that uses graphic installations to expose the traumas of war in everyday America. A exhibition of posters at Mess Hall along with wheatpasting adventures throughout the city.

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