Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Reconnect US Call

An artist-curated, multi-media exhibition that brings together diverse expressions of the War in Iraq. In these times of extreme political division and inadequate or biased media coverage, the exhibition will engage the American public in a broad-based dialogue that promotes awareness, understanding, and healing. Through the universal language of art, the exhibition seeks to give a human face to the complex conflict in Iraq and to engage those who have unconsciously cocooned themselves from the fearsome reality of the war. We ask the questions: Â What does it mean to experience this war firsthand, in combat, or as an Iraqi civilian? What does it mean to experience it from a distance, or on television? How can we in America reconnect to the reality of war? Are there shared visions of peace despite cultural and religious differences? The work will be selected on artistic merit and look to include as many perspectives as possible, beyond politics.

The call goes out internationally to both soldiers and civilians for video, audio, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and the written word. The show will be shown simultaneously in the Pawtucket Armory, Machines With Magnets and the Cable Car Cinema, in Pawtucket and Providence, RI, from March 5th to 30th, 2008. These first venues are a 2000sq. ft. gallery and two screening rooms. The show may travel. The show may continue as a website, book and as a DVD.

Entries due 1/12/08, if selected, work due in Feb 08

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