OPENING: Operation Exposure: Justseeds/Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Sunday, Nov. 14th
Mess Hall 6932 North Glenwood Avenue Chicago, IL
CTA Red Line Stop (Morse)
Come join us for an exhibition of prints and stencils that Justseeds designed for the new IVAW “Operation Recovery” campaign. Meet over 20 artists from Justseeds (in town for a retreat and traveling from cities all over the US, Mexico, and Canada) and members of the IVAW-Chicago chapter.
This exhibition is a preview of the Justseeds/IVAW project where “Operation Recovery” prints will be part of a street art campaign and installations in Chicago at the “In These Times building”, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Eastern Expansion, among others.
About the campaign:
November 2010: The Justseeds Artist’s Cooperative has created a series of prints and stencils for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) campaign “Operation Recovery: Stop the Deployment of Traumatized Troops.” Prints about “Operation Recovery” and G.I. Resistance are displayed in various storefronts and wheatpasted up in the city to cover up advertisements and “bring the war home.” This project is part of the November month-long series “Chicago in War.”
IVAW writes: “We recognize that we must stop the deployment of all soldiers in order to end these occupations, we see the deployment of soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, and military sexual trauma as particularly cruel, dangerous, and inhumane. Military commanders across all branches are pushing service members far past human limits for the sake of combat readiness. We cannot allow those commanders to ignore the welfare of their troops. From multiple deployments despite PTSD, TBI, and other injuries, to rampant sexual assault within the military, soldiers are consistently being denied their right to heal. This basic right is being denied and we must organize to get it back. The reason why this is such a strategic campaign for IVAW is because one-third of the military is on psychotropic drugs and is still being deployed over seas. Taking out one-third of the military force would cripple their ability to continue these occupations.”