For those of you who are interested in purchasing works in the exhibition, please find the main exhibition pricelist attached. Sale proceeds that are donated to IVAW are tax deductible. For further information email Chere and Maya at email@example.com
The salon exhibition pricelist will be posted tomorrow.
For those of you who were unable to attend the reception on March 7th, you can see some images on Flickr, thanks to Chris Vongsawat: http://www.flickr.com/photos/actuallyanimated/sets/72157614953385403/
Ecumenical Women, artist and activist Mary Button: http://ecumenicalwomen.org/2009/03/10/near-and-far-caregiving-in-american-military-families/
PhotoSnobbery Blog: http://photosnobbery.blogspot.com/2009/03/dumbo-and-barbara-probst.html
The artists and performers in this exhibition show how deeply all of us have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Consider the American war veteran who cuts up his uniform turning it into delicate and fragile paper on which he makes art, or the Iraqi artist who mourns the burning of the precious ancient art history book collection in Baghdad by collecting and displaying its remaining ashes. Consider further, the performance of an Iraqi artist living in a self confined gallery space who invites strangers to virtually shoot at him—an image from the “enemy” country, or the quiet respite of a photograph capturing an old man laying out his prayer rug in the green countryside far from the blight of urban battlefields.
Even outside of the war zone, we suffer. And so we count – we count casualties and losses by drawing little black figures or inserting transparent pegs; we count warplanes by delicately folding and then hanging them; we count stitches in our knitting into which we embed messages of peace; we count pills needed to dull the pain of watching rows of tombstones on our TV sets; we count letters to dead soldiers and then tear them up; we count the days these two wars have lasted. And continue to count.
The artists convey a broad range of reactions to the two wars: grief, rage, despair, cynicism, and even compassion. We thank everyone involved in 2,191 Days and Counting who have contributed their work and their time, reminding us that together we count, we remember, we record and we create beginnings out of endings.
Maya Joseph-Goteiner and Chere Krakovsky
If you are unable to join us tonight, consider stopping by Powerhouse Arena on Thursday, March 19th between 1-4pm for a performance called Tea by Aaron Hughes.
• a hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.
dialogue |ˈdīəˌläg; -ˌlôg|
Chris loved those little cups…
I have just realized that Chere and I are not mentioned anywhere in the blog as of yet. If you have questions, would like images for press, contact information for any artists please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maya Joseph-Goteiner & Chere Krakovsky (co-curators)
For inquiries about the performance please contact our cabaret curator Safa Samiezade-Yadz at email@example.com and for more information about the video segment of the exhibition please contact our video curator Ardele Lister at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out page 33 of Time Out Magazine, ArtCat’s listing: http://www.artcat.com/event/view/10/8996 , Pixcetera: http://www.pixcetera.com/blog/2009/03/04/2-191-days-and-counting/ , Photo District News: http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/2009/03/615
If you are in the neighborhood stop by tomorrow, 2,191 Days and Counting is mounted and we are gearing up for the Saturday reception and performance. Festivities begin at 6pm, with beer, wine and food from Agata and Valentina, then DJ Scientific will be on from 7:30-8pm, following from 8-10pm Safa Samiezade-Yazd will MC a cabaret that includes beatboxing, arias, poetry, monologues and more.
For those of you interested in building an art collection, we have works ranging from a selection of $100 pieces on the Salon wall to large scale paintings, photographs, and sculptures. All proceeds will be donated to the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Winter Soldier Project inspired by the courageous Vietnam veterans who came forward in 1971 to testify at the original Winter Soldier investigation. IVAW is collecting soldiers’ firsthand accounts of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All veterans are invited to give testimony, regardless of their politics. The project will provide them with legal and mental health support. Members of IVAW will be present at the reception.
Inspired by the narrative from Winter Soldier, the historic event during which soldiers testified about their personal experiences, Safa Samiezade-Yazd has organized a cabaret to showcase the artistic and performance community’s response to the continuing Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. In the tradition of European literary-political cabaret, the performance will include works of social critics — bringing together the diverse aspects of artistic expression — from politics and society, into literature, theater, music, art and dance.
Safa Samiezade-Yazd- MC, Performer, and Stage Manager
Jose Vasquez – IVAW NY Chapter president
Lilly Hughes – Choreographed Dance Piece
If you plan on attending the reception on Saturday, March, 7th, 2009 from 6-10pm please rsvp through the link below: