Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Operation Exposure: War is Trauma”: Art Show & Poetry Reading

Folks, our gallery (4007 Chestnut Street, first floor) will not be open on Fridays December 10, 17, 24, or 31. However, it WILL be open for a sepcial one-night-only event this coming 
Sunday December 12! 

Read all about it!

Iraq Veterans Against the War & the Justseeds Artists' Collective Present:
“Operation Exposure: War is Trauma”: Art Show & Poetry Reading by Iraq Veterans
 Sunday, December 12, 2010 7 - 9 PM
For ONE NIGHT ONLY this collection will premier in Philly!  "Operation Exposure", a collaboration between the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and veterans and supporters from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), is a direct response to the suicide epidemic and violation of GI’s right to heal within the GI and veteran community. During Veteran's Day, veterans, artists, and supporters met in Rogers Park in Chicago and split into teams. They divided up posters that Justseeds had designed for IVAW and then wheatpasted th city. Teams hit advertising spaces and boarded up buildings with messages of GI resistance and "Operation Recovery" – a new IVAW campaign aimed to stop the redeployment of traumatized troops and focus public attention towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  For one night only works from "Operation Exposure" will be featured along with readings from members of the Warrior Writers project. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friday 12/3, 3-7pm: AIR art show + Monday 12/6 @4pm and 7pm: Sabine El Chamaa at AIR

Please join us tomorrow as we close the current exhibit at our gallery (4007 Chestnut). This exhibit features work by four of our current residents: Ana B. Hernandez, Andria Morales, Erik Ruin, and Jim Garvey.

Then, on Monday, join us for this:

December 6, 2010 - 4:00pm

Sabine El Chamaa, Penn Middle East Center Fall Artist-in-Residence
40th Street Artist-in-Residence Gallery (4007 Chestnut Street)
A "gathering-presentation" of a work in progress, an open platform space where unfinished edits, footage, and trials and errors are exhibited. The public participates in deciphering, in thinking out, and in extricating meaning, and questions from the mix of fictional and non-fictional elements depending on the trajectory taken, the images found, the videos viewed, and the texts read. Recorded, collected, written, photographed before, during, or after, one war or another, the elements presented are part of a research project which attempts to both detect the confines of the visual and verbal frames of war, and to question the possibility of creating an audio-visual textual space that exists outside of the spectacle of war.
MEC Fall Artist-in-Residence, Sabine El Chamaa, will present an installation exhibit culminating her research and residency at Penn. Sabine's work engages with the representation and experience of war. The exhibition will open at 4:00pm and again at 7:00pm.
The space is limited so please RSVP at or 215-898-6335.
This event is free and open to the public. Open discussion to follow.