One of these years the state of war in the US will finally end, even if it means the end of the United States itself. When that happens it will be reasonable to ask, what did GI resistance have to do with it?
It will be a fair question because it is a fact that right now, as the GWOT moves into its tenth year and elections have turned into contests between an ever more polarized split electorate, the public discussion about the war is deafening in its silence.
In this dark time of establishment consensus, transparently desperate but entrenched as only capital and retrograde moralities can be, IVAW is one of the few consistent voices demanding that we Americans honestly account for the disastrous costs of these wars by ending them. Together with Just Seeds they broke that silence in poster and exhibition form this past weekend in Chicago in a collaborative project called Operation Exposure: War is Trauma. Nicolas Lampert posts a fine and inspiring report on the Just Seeds blog.
Photos of the action are posted here.
A month-long window exhibit of the prints is on display at Co-Prosperity Sphere in
Bridgeport (3219 S. Morgan Ave, Chicago) and a print mural is installed at the In These
Times building (2040 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago). The In These Times exhibit opens
on Thursday, December 9th at 5:00pm.
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 they are commonly unseen, there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This show features work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that brings these signs from the shadows to the forefront and gives these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussion of today.
National Veterans Art Museum
1801 S. Indiana Ave, Chicago IL
Nov 2010- May 2011
More information / contact:
Iraq Veterans Against the War