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Monday, November 13, 2006

ART, Iraq War art at National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum

On Veterans Day I attended the opening of Aaron Hughes' exhibition at the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum (scroll down to "Shifting Memories").
Reconstructing an identity amidst the dust of false understandings, deceiving narratives, and "Iraq".

Aaron Hughes shares a series of projects that bring to the forefront the over-complex personal realities of the War in Iraq. The projects convey a series of metaphors, critiques, and ambiguous narratives in order to deconstruct the nostalgic war epic that informs much of how mass media interprets war. Veering away from ideologies, these projects point instead to the complexity of daily experiences, practices, and tactics. This shift suggests that personal expressions and independent alternative communications can deconstruct the social, cultural, and political walls that foster dehumanization.

On Display:
November 11, 2006 – May 2007
Tues - Fri 11am-6pm
Sat. 10am-5pm

Aaron Hughes is a native of suburban Chicago and went to Iraq in 2006 with the Illinois National Guard.


  • Powerful images.

    By Blogger PastorNancy, at 4:27 PM, November 12, 2006  

  • My general comment about the museum is how much it has changed since I last attended.

    I last visited in 2003. A large portion of the art was done by POWs.

    This was kinda misleading from the perspective that about a half million GIs went to Vietnam and under 1,000 were captured and held POW.

    But the context of the current period has changed since 2003. I didn't notice any POW art this time.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:45 PM, November 12, 2006  

  • It is not possible to thank our veterans adequately. Their service, sacrifice, heroism, and humanity is above any expression or acknowledgment. Yet, we must try. Specifically but not exclusively, we must try with respect to our Brothers and Sisters who served in Vietnam because they, unlike other generations, were neglected (or worse) upon their return home.

    Please check out the AoG (http://www.bix.com/person/AoG) and the Voices of Veterans. Please post a story or a photo if you can. And please pass along to your Brothers, Sisters, friends and family.

    By Anonymous Stewart, at 5:22 PM, November 12, 2006  

  • http://www.aarhughes.org

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 PM, November 13, 2006  

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