Illustrating the Cost of War: Artists Respond to a Decade of Conflict
Camille Gage & Susanne Slavick, University of Minnesota and Carnegie Mellon University, with guest artists Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, and Dena Al-Adeeb
This workshop introduces work of artists around the world who bear witness to the costs of war: human, economic, spiritual. Witnessing these acts and their aftermath directly or indirectly, artists wrestle with the ability to comprehend and convey them. With an international perspective, these artists envision the impact of war across generations, its terrible residue, cataclysmic loss and calculated enactment. They examine what rains down in destruction and what rises from the ashes, what painfully lingers and what we long for instead. The workshop begins with Out of Rubble, a presentation by Susanne Slavick. During the second half of the workshop, Camille Gage moderates a conversation with Slavick and Iraqi artists Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, and Dena Al-Adeeb.