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8 years into an ongoing war in Iraq, American & Iraqi artists explore the effects of the war to begin to chart a course toward healing.

"Navigating the Aftermath" is an art exhibit and campaign that brings Iraqi and American art together in dialogue, creating a shared space for unfiltered Iraqi and American voices to speak about the ongoing Iraq War and its consequences.

 

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"It's not clear how much time passed. Perhaps it was only a handful of minutes. Suddenly, she awoke to a burst of pain. Sitting squarely on top of her legs was a shell bomb. Shock and horror. Crushing weight. Loss of consciousness. An errant U.S. shell had crashed through her bedroom wall and landed on top of her as she slept in bed. It did not detonate. If it had, this would be a different story. There would be nothing left to speak of." 

-- Excerpt from "Zainab's Story," a book appearing in the exhibit.

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The Iraq War has left hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced, and millions without access to clean water, electricity, and other basic services. And it continues. 

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"Four or five months passed. Confined to her bed, Zainab was unable to move left or right. The family received no government help, or humanitarian aid. No one acknowledged the accident. Zainab felt alone." 

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The Iraq War has left the American media. Yet it remains the dominant fact of life for millions who have lost loved ones to the war, are living as refugees or veterans, or lack access to basic services such as clean water. War does not end when it leaves American media. 

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"The accident had officially taken everything from her: independence, health, dignity, and now, the future. She felt an enormous separation from other people: the normal, healthy ones, and her. In a country where tragedy is commonplace and hundreds of people die gruesomely everyday, the handicapped are easily forgotten. Disability is its own kind of death." 

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Navigating the Aftermath brings Iraqi and American artists together in dialogue and action around the ongoing war, its effects, and ways to move toward healing. 

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"The reality is that she did not get a set of "new legs," but rather a set of new prostheses which are artificial and, therefore, second best. Even American-made prostheses cannot buy a free pass to her old life. The accident and its handicapping consequences will never be erased. In her country especially, Zainab is another hapless casualty of war. Currently, there is no system that gives value to the tens of thousands of men, women and children who have been injured, maimed and disabled. Though Zainab may now be able to walk the length of a classroom unassisted, she cannot change the home she returns to and the problems that persist there: political instability, a limping economy, and a society that cloisters its handicapped. " 

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By pledging your support, you'll help more Americans and Iraqis hear Zainab's story, and you'll help others tell their stories of war through art. You'll help bring this interactive exhibit online, throughout Minnesota, around the U.S., and to Iraq. You'll help bring diverse Iraqi and American voices together to express experiences with the war, helping Americans better understand the effects of war, locate ourselves amid an ongoing war, and work to end war. You'll also get some cool stuff, like an early-release copy of the documentary film, "The Unreturned," or a limited-edition copy of "Zainab's Story," the book produced by participating artist Monica Haller, Clare Beer, and Zainab. 

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"Zainab carries these new impressions home with her, motivated to act on them. There is much work to be done on behalf of Iraq's disabled population and she wants to be involved in it. Her own future demands that she be. For the first time in six years, Zainab has hope and purpose again: real work awaits. What she has endured, and what she will continue to have to endure as a double amputee in Iraq, is immeasurable. Like her country, she finds herself at a crossroads now, teetering on the cusp of another big change. " 

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From June to October, "Navigating the Aftermath" is scheduled to tour alongside "The Unreturned" to six Minnesota towns: Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, Ely, Bemidji, and Winona. However, we must raise at least $5,000 more to pull it off. After the Minnesota tour, we hope to tour to other locations around the U.S., use art to build communities of people affected by war, and bring the discussion on the effects of war into a mainstream audience of Americans. 

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 Participating artists include: 

  • Megan Rye - Painting (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Susu Attar - Painting (Baghdad, Iraq) 
  • Camille Gage -Conceptual Art (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Jim Lommasson - Installation/Photography (Portland, Or) 
  • Ayad Alkadhi - Painting (Baghdad, Iraq via NYC) 
  • Jesse Albrecht - Ceramics (Cedar Rapids, IA) 
  • Monica Haller - Book Art/Performance Art (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Aaron McLeod - Printmaking (Duluth, MN) 
  • Sundas Abdul Hadi - Painting/Sound Installation (Iraq via Montreal) 
  • Jane Powers - Installation (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Jamal Penjweny - Photography (Kurdistan/Sulemanyah,Iraq) 
  • Rebeen Majeed - Photography (Iraq) 
  • Aaron Hughes - Video (Chicago, IL)

For more information on Navigating the Aftermath and an event calendar, visit http://navigatingtheaftermath.org.

Follow Navigating the Aftermath on Facebook at http://facebook.com/navigatingtheaftermath

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    Limited edition, 12x18 poster of Navigating the Aftermath, designed by Zachary Keenan and signed by a participating artist in the exhibit; and a limited edition, 12x18 poster of The Unreturned, designed by Katie McCarthy and signed by Director Nathan Fisher.

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    Limited-edition copy of Zainab's Story, a custom-designed book produced by participating artist Monica Haller and Clare Beer. The book tells the story of an Iraqi woman who lost her legs to an American missile and her ongoing journey toward recovery.

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    A three-minute documentary on a subject of your choice by award-winning documentary film-maker Nathan Fisher! (If travel is required outside of the Minneapolis, MN area, donor must pay travel expenses.)

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