American Friends Service Committee Murals Depict the Costs of Afghanistan War
On display daily NOW through January 30, 2013 at the Oregon State University Memorial Union (MU), Flag Concourse Gallery (map).
The exhibit is extremely well presented, very moving and informative. Please plan to visit soon. This would be a wonderful opportunity for discussion with visiting friends and family during the holidays.
Background: In 2009, the American Friends Service Committee put out a nationwide call to artists through the Chicago Public Art Group and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, seeking contributions for a traveling memorial. This exhibit features the large scale mural paintings created by international artists that memorialize those aﬀected by the war in Afghanistan and oﬀer a unique perspective into the lives of civilians. Windows and Mirrors has become a traveling memorial to Afghan civilians who have died, and are continuing to die, in the war.
The exhibit consists of 45 murals (25 reproductions are at OSU) and several drawings by Afghan children depicting their daily experiences of war.
You can find the story of the exhibit and small images of the murals at http://windowsandmirrors.org/.
Local Presentation: A group of Corvallis people working for peace brought Windows and Mirrors to the OSU Memorial Union. It will hang in the concourse from December 6, 2012 through January 30, 2013. Each mural is accompanied by an explanation of the subject and brief biography of the artist.
The installation at OSU is sponsored by: Veterans For Peace – Linus Pauling Chapter; Corvallis Fellowship of Reconciliation & Alternatives to War.
Would You Like To Talk About It?….The organizers will have a guided viewing on Sunday, January 13, from 2-4pm, at the MU Concourse, with further literature about the exhibit and an opportunity for conversation and dialogue.
Public Reading: The exhibit offers all of us an uncommon opportunity to engage with the war in Afghanistan, a national issue that we don’t talk much about. Perhaps it will inspire you (or youth or elders whom you know) to respond to the art with the written word. Local writers have been invited to view Windows and Mirrors while the exhibit is at OSU and respond with their own words.
The organizers have arranged a public reading on Sunday, January 20, from 6-8pm, in the Journey Room, adjacent to the MU Concourse, to bring the writers’ words and the mural project to an expanded audience. We hope this will inspire a community dialogue about this prolonged war.
If you would like to submit your writing and participate in this reading, please contact us: info[at]vfpcorvallis.org.