Combat Paper Reading & Pop-up Exhibit
By Veterans and Others
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Exhibit: 1-7 pm
Made in Fort Point Gallery
30 Channel Center Street
Fort Point, Boston
Fort Point Theatre Channel proudly presented this exhibit and reading as part of our collaboration with the Odysseus Project/Tamziq: Scattered and Connected and the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass, Boston.
Coming home from war is a difficult thing. There is often much to account for as a survivor. A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the collective effect. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born. Through papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military. The Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA with affiliate paper mills in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. The project has traveled across the US, and to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo.
Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, the Combat Paper Project is broadening the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare. The work also generates a much-needed conversation between veterans and civilians regarding our collective responsibilities and shared understanding in war. See www.combatpaper.org