October 8, 2008 to November 1, 2008
We were proud to open our gallery with this exciting exhibit. COMBAT PAPER is a collaborative project initiated by Drew Matott and Drew Cameron along with members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Utilizing uniforms worn in combat in Iraq, veterans cut, cook, beat and form sheets of paper out of their uniforms. In this way, veterans are able to use the transformation processes of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to reconcile their experiences as a soldier in Iraq.
The Combat Paper project is an art therapy that utilizes paper as its medium and has been generating hope and inspiration for war veterans all across the country. The project has a positive impact on veterans, serves as a visceral statement of the long lasting effects of combat and acts as a catalyst for community discussion and activism.
This exhibit also featured readings from the IVAW’s Warrior Writers’ Project and IVAW performance art.