Precarious Memory: Artists Respond to War

April 30, 2020 - June 4, 2020

Location: UCF Art Gallery

“They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.” – Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

Sponsored by the NEA Big Read and inspired by Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried (1990) — a classic work of American literature and ground-breaking meditation on the Vietnam War — Precarious Memory: Artists Respond to War features work by Klara Hammond, Kevin Haran, Sisavanh Phouthavong, Dr. Charles Smith, and Jave Yoshimoto that engages with the themes of war. Whether veteran, journalist, emigree, or observer, each artist reflects on the precarity of the human experience and the ubiquity of armed conflict in the modern world. Opening April 30, 2020, on the forty-fifth anniversary of the fall of Sài Gòn, Precarious Memory: Artists Respond to War employs film, sculpture, painting, and drawing to invite new perspectives on war and its affects.

A catalog featuring essays by Dr. Barbara Gannon, author of The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic and Americans Remember Their Civil War, and Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür, the Jalal Talabani Chair of Kurdish Political Studies and author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation, will accompany the exhibition.