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Not About Bombs Opens in Chicago on March 9 at the National Veterans Art Museum

Posted on February 15, 2013 by

Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky and presented by IARP, Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented. The exhibit will open at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on March 9, 2013. Featured Iraqi and Iraqi-American women artists are Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Julie Adnan, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Sama Alshaibi.

Join us on Saturday, March 9 for the Opening Reception of Not About Bombs in Chicago:

What: Not About Bombs Opening Reception
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641
Free and open to the public.

3:00 p.m. – Keynote address
4:00 p.m. – Panel discussion – Not About Bombs: Art and Identity Beyond Conflict

This panel discussion among five women aims to unpack the binary of ally/enemy, self/other — a universal wartime strategy. The conversation will explore the power of contemporary art by Iraqi women artists to both clarify and complicate the identity of the “other,” whether in or beyond conflict, and attempt to expand the discourse of identity and war beyond the constraints of popular media.

– Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs curator
– Erica Slone, NVAM artist and veteran
– Jerica Arents, Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University in the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies department
– Dr. Savneet Talwar, Associate Professor School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy Graduate Department.

Moderator: Johanna Buwalda, Director of Mental Health at VVAW Military and Veterans Counseling, Coordinator for The Soldiers Project Chicago, and clinical volunteer for the Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture and the Civilian Medical Resource Network.

Not about Bombs Chicago

Featured Artists: Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Julie Adnan, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Sama Alshaibi

This exhibit will not be what you expect. It is about war. It is about Iraq. But it presents contemporary art by Iraqi women to deliberately explore and challenge expectations.

Not About Bombs was first presented by IARP at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis in 2012.

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