September 2, 2009

Campus show runs September 7-18

Fallon Art Exhibit Considers Cost of War

Faces of American servicemen and women that are part of a meditation on war.
Faces of American servicemen and women that are part of a meditation on war.

From sobering photos of soldiers to commentary in poems and prose, a new art exhibit at Western Nevada College Fallon campus offers a thought-provoking meditation about war.

"Always Lost" will show in the Virgil Getto Gallery from Monday, Sept. 7, to Friday, Sept. 18. The show includes the faces of 4,000 American service members who have died serving in Iraq, accompanied by a unique display of photos, facts, poems and prose created or compiled by WNC students.

The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between WNC creative writing and sociology students who combined dozens of personal essays with hundreds of photographs and a series of statistics about the Iraq conflict. The title "Always Lost" comes from a Gertrude Stein quotation about conflict: "War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost."

What began as a consideration of the distant effects of the Iraq War on the U.S. population has evolved into a powerful meditation on the personal effects of war on the individual. WNC students who are also Iraq War veterans took some of the photos. Rather than attempting to make a political statement about war, the exhibit was created to allow viewers to think about all aspects of war, from the families at home to the soldier in the trenches, said English Professor Marilee Swirczek.

Admission is free. Following the Fallon campus showing of "Always Lost," the exhibit has been invited to appear at the University of Nevada, Reno, and other universities. For more information, contact WNC Fallon Campus: 423-7565.

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