Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan along with Imaging Peace: Artworks by Mimi Sammis and Cpt. Nicholas Mercurio
Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling mural exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality - the ongoing war in Afghanistan. It provides an opportunity to look into this place so far away that is so scarred by policies of our government and to see ourselves in depictions of the war.
The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.
To frame a dynamic dialogue on peace and social justice, the exhibit includes the sculpture of internationally recognized RI native Anne Mimi Sammis, whose work is a dance of peace and celebration of joy. The exhibit also includes a large series of poignant photographs sensitively capturing the Afghan people by Cranston native Captain Nicholas Mercurio that were taken during his deployment to Afghanistan from July 2010 - July 2011.
The exhibit will be accompanied by activities, gallery talks and performance events. See the attached document for details.