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Art exhibition examines political violence, war

Melissa Mitchell, U. of I. News Bureau arts writer

Mary Antonakos, I space coordinator 312-587-9976


Video Still from "Kabul: Constitutions"
Video still from "Kabul: Constitutions," 2003-4 by Mariam Ghani
 "Kill Box" oil painting,
"Kill Box" oil painting, 2001, by Joy Garnett
screen capture from "Media Blackout," computer game,
Screen capture from "Media Blackout," computer game, 2006, by Michael Wilson.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Political violence and war are among the themes that will be explored in an exhibition on view Sept. 8 through Oct. 7 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Under Fire,” which brings together the contributions of an international roster of artists working in cross-disciplinary and multimedia forms, is a continuation of global discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall. According to organizer Ryan Griffis, a professor of art and design at the U. of I., the exhibition serves as a “discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence, incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization, representation and materialization of war.”

Featured artists are Annie Abrahams/Clément Charmet, An Architektur, deGeuzen, Joy Garnett, Mariam Ghani, Dara Greenwald, Tsila Hassine, Richardo Miranda-Zuñiga, Hillary Mushkin, Trevor Paglen, Joel Ross, Michael Wilson and xurban_collective.

A series of events planned in conjunction with the exhibition will take place on the U. of I.’s Urbana-Champaign campus this fall. They include a talk by Israeli architect, activist and scholar Eyal Weizman (TBA); the exhibition “In War/At War: The Practice of Everyday,” Oct. 5 through 29 at OPENSOURCE Art, 12 E. Washington St., Champaign; and a screening of “The Marching Plague,” a film about biological warfare produced by the Critical Art Ensemble, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Krannert Art Museum.

A reception is scheduled to take place from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago. I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.