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Chicago In War: November 2010 (call for art, essays)

September 30, 2010

Chicago in War is a series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America.
We are seeking your participation.
Chicago is in a war. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have and will continue to leave deep scars in our hearts and minds; and for some of us these scars are emblazoned on our physical bodies and memories. Too often these occupations are swept from our conscience, into the alleys of our streets, into the corners of our city and our collective minds. If they are ever to come to end, their myriad effects must be recognized, unearthed, uncovered, demystified , and exposed!
We are calling on you to help bring the wars into the spotlight, gather the people, open the spaces and ask our city to listen!

We are calling for anyone who is moved by these ruptures and cracks in our lives to organizing an event/art show/discussion/activity/ or action relating to this topic during the month of NOVEMBER 2010.
Send us your proposals at :
Please include:
1. A description of your event- how it relates to “Chicago in War”
2. Details about the time and place of your event that will be included in the printed and online programs for Chicago in War
3. Any links to websites that can be used to promote your event
We hope the gears of your minds are turning and churning and working out your submission even as this e-mail ends!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at:
We look forward to collaborating with you and hearing your voices.
Nicole Baltrushes
Program Coordinator-Chicago in War

The main events already scheduled in the Chicago in War series are:
Intrusive thoughts- an exhibition of work by Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran
Opening November 11th at The National Veterans Art Museum
Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that may become obsessions are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate.
Although it is commonly not seen there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This show will feature work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that will bring these signs from the shadows to the forefront and give these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussion of today.
Operation Exposure
A project of Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War that uses graphic installations to expose the traumas of war in everyday America. A exhibition of posters at Mess Hall along with wheatpasting adventures throughout the city.


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I have just completed a series of 3-D sculptures in display cases 13″ x 16″ that pertain to the effects on the economy of the war and the previous administration’s policies. Could these fit into one of your events? I am in NC so I would need to schedule a time that it would make sense to drive them up there.
Thank you,