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The hidden face of war

Women Against War members held pieces from the traveling art exhibit "Windows and Mirrors" on the steps of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Women Against War members held pieces from the traveling art exhibit "Windows and Mirrors" on the steps of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Submitted Photo

— “I’d like to think that maybe there was a refocus on development issues and I’m sure there’s been some, but I think it’s very hard for a war machine to get involved with [that],” said Spring. “I just think we need to get out of there. …The trillion dollars we’ve spent on the war in contrast to our budget problems and unemployment is, to my thinking, so sad and ridiculous.”

The traveling art exhibit will make its first stop at Wilson Memorial Chapel at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs until Thursday, Oct. 20. Then it will move on to Sage College and the College of Saint Rose in Albany before completing its Capital District run at Union College in Schenectady.

“We wanted to make sure if we brought this exhibit, as many people as possible and as broad range of the community would be able to have access,” said Maureen Aumand of Colonie, a member of WAW and part of the group’s Afghan Project Committee.

The exhibit is a collection of 25 part pieces. Aumand said the artwork is “as unique as the individual artists who created them” and is sure to touch viewers in one way or another.

“Some of them are abstract and conceptual and others are more literal,” said Aumand. “It’s a real range of styles; very vibrant. They’re moving and very thought provoking.”

One piece she found most compelling depicts a group of young boys flying a kite against a landscape that showcases Afghanistan’s true beauty.

“Flying kites is a very serious pastime. …It’s a very hopeful sense of children reaching to infinity and at the same time the kites could be a drone overhead threatening,” said Aumand. “I think taken together or in groups they will really cause a lot of reflection on what is this experience.”

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