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A discussion on the pre- and post-wartime culture of violence and loss.
Presented by MAPP International and Lincoln Center
Supported in part by Con Edison
Media Partner: WNYC
Conceived and curated by Brian Tate
Free admission, w/ seating available on a first-come basis.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 W 62nd St, New York, New York 10023
September 21, 2016
We have some understanding of wartime at its peaks: the blasted earth and senseless deaths, the casual barbarity and mass graves, almost always triggered by a few men who would do anything to maintain or acquire power. But what happens at the outer edges of battle? What comes of a people who live under the constant threat of war or in the shadow of its aftermath? How is their society tested and their humanity expressed - and does their circumstance now mirror our own? Domestically and abroad, have we entered a cycle where each new military conflict is simply a prelude to the next?
Artists have long examined life before and after war, from Homer’s "The Iliad" and Shakespeare’s "Henry V" to Katori Hall’s "Our Lady of Kibeho" and Cormac McCarthy’s "The Road." The panel discussion What Precedes War, and What Follows In Its Path? will gather for the first time four contemporary artists whose work deepens that examination:
- Iraqi-born artist WAFAA BILAL, whose project, "The Ashes Series," depicts the suffering of war through the absence of human life in once occupied homes, rather than human displays of emotion;
- Peruvian-born artist MILAGROS DE LA TORRE, whose photographic series "Bulletproof" soberly documents innovations in bulletproof clothing and signals the growing militarization of everyday culture;
- American-born puppet theater artist DAN HURLIN, whose "Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed" is a meditation on disruption as a moral force, reflecting the anger and violence that followed WWI; and
- Japanese-born playwright/theater artist CHIORI MIYAGAWA, whose "I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour" rebuts a romanticized concept of atomic bombing in Alain Resnais’ 1959 film "Hiroshima Mon Amour," and attempts to restore memories of actual tragedy.
The panelists will discuss the themes and ideas behind their works, as well as the pre- and post-wartime culture of violence, destabilization and loss that increasingly affects us all.
Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent CHRIS HEDGES, whose column is published weekly on Truthdig, and whose book, "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, will moderate the discussion.