Opening Reception for Not About Bombs


Not About Bombs

At the National Veterans Art Museum Opening March 9, 2013 from 1 – 5 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Second Floor, Chicago

Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented.

 The women in this exhibit contribute art that is visually and conceptually accomplished, but unpredictable and emotionally engaging. Because if anything, as a long, drawn-out, mind-numbing war comes to a “close,” emotional investments in Iraq are few and far between.

This exhibit will not be what you expect. It is about war. It is about Iraq. But it presents contemporary art by Iraqi women to deliberately explore and challenge expectations.

Featured Artists: Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Julie Adnan, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Sama Alshaibi

3 p.m. – Keynote address
4 p.m. – Panel discussion – Not About Bombs: Art and Identity Beyond Conflict


  • Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs curator
  • Erica Slone, NVAM artist and veteran
  • Jerica Arents, Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University in the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies department
  • Dr. Savneet Talwar, Associate Professor School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy Graduate Department.

Moderator: Johanna Buwalda, Director of Mental Health at VVAW Military and Veterans Counseling, Coordinator for The Soldiers Project Chicago, and clinical volunteer for the Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture and the Civilian Medical Resource Network.

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