Waves of foreign soldiers have deployed to Afghanistan, and if fortunate, get return home again after a year. Meanwhile Afghan citizens have lived every day of their lives, for nine years, surrounded by the horrors of war—some displaced, refugees, forced to rebuild whole new communities only to be chased out again. The constant fear and hardships these people endure are beyond most of our understandings. And yet, the pain of war has inspired young artists to create.
It is the artists' treatment of subject matter that distinguishes their reflections on the war in Afghanistan and justifies serious attention being focused on the debut of their dynamic show "Windows and Mirrors," at Arch Street Meeting House (Windows and Mirrors is the second event listed).
Zaher Wahab, an anthropology professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., asked Afghan children to sketch their daily lives. The results, along with 45 memorial panels, comprise this traveling exhibit that's meant as a response to the gross under-coverage of the Afghan death toll since 2001. The AFSC's Mary Zerkel explains.
International Days of Action to End the Militarization of Afghanistan
Thursday, October 7, the 9th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, will be marked internationally and in Raleigh and Greensboro North Carolina by a call for an end to the militarization of that country.
Windows and Mirrors uses visual art to remind the U.S. public about the human cost of war in Afghanistan. The exhibit features 45 murals donated by U.S. and international artists — along with drawings from Afghan high school students.
On the ninth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, the national tour of an art exhibit memorializing Afghan civilian casualties will premiere in Philadelphia this month. “Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan” opens on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence, sponsors the free exhibit.
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