Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling mural exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality.

The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.

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Pittsburgh, PA

January 27 – February 12, 2012 — more info on Pittsburgh Exhibit

Gallery 937 on Liberty Avenue, 2nd Floor

Gallery Hours: Wed and Thurs 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday and Sat 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Pittsburgh exhibit will also feature artworks from the War Dialogues Project, in which refugees and military veterans of the same wars collaborate through art and storytelling to promote healing and understanding. The art on display at Windows and Mirrors represents a conversation between two Pittsburgh artists:  a US Iraq veteran and a 17-year old Iraqi refugee.

The forty-five unique panels created by international artists and US students help us imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hopes for peace. Drawings by Afghan students in Kabul – collected in June 2010 – provide an up close look at life in a war zone. At over 900 square feet, this mural is not a single painting, but an oversized statement on the human cost of war. It is not the voice of one person, but that of an engaged artistic community. Their collective voice comes through with power and volume, speaking to us on both intellectual and emotional levels.

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