Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan
Windows and Mirrors is the American Friends Service Committee’s traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity to see ourselves in depictions of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of artists and children.
The exhibit is collaboration by over 40 artists from around the world, including U.S. students. Forty-five 4-foot by 6-foot panels memorialize Afghan civilian casualties, with each panel uniquely designed by an artist or group of artists. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students. Two women artists, a US Iraq veteran and a high school Iraqi refugee will be creating an artistic conversation on their stories of the Iraq war. This work will also be on display along with the Afghanistan exhibit.
Along with the Windows and mirrors will be an exhibit of art work as part of the War Diaries Project: The project brings together refugees and military veterans of the same wars to use art and storytelling in order to promote healing and understanding. The art on display at Windows and Mirrors will be a creative visual conversation between a US Iraq veteran and a young high school Iraqi refugee.
January 29th 1:30pm Disarming Words includes a gallery talk and poems starting at 1:30pm at SPACE Gallery where Out of Rubble is being shown; followed by a singing escort at 2:30 with the Raging Grannies to Windows and Mirrors.
February 4th from 1-4 Women and War: Women and Peace testimonies by women of the impact of war and the search for peace. The afternoon will conclude with a performance by Pittsburgh Playback Theatre and a chance for the audience to reflect on the exhibit and the stories through the creativity of the Playback actors.
February 11th from 3-5 pm will feature Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee Program Director for Iraq and Afghanistan will look at the impact of the troop withdrawal from Iraq, our responsibilities to acknowledge the damage, and lessons learned for the peace movement. How can we then use those lessons learned to speed-up the removal of US troops and bases from Afghanistan.