From 2003 until 2013, artist Steve Mumford traveled to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, to create artworks documenting the experiences of American troops, civilians caught in conflict, and prisoners held at Guantánamo. In an effort to understand the nature of war from a variety of perspectives, Mumford captures what he calls “the spaces in between,” the long periods between combat in which soldiers and civilians strive to maintain a feeling of normalcy and community-building in the face of pending trauma. The resulting watercolors, sketches and paintings offer unflinching depictions of the extremity of sacrifices made—willingly and unwillingly—in the name of national ideology. Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003–2013 is organized by Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville.
February 28, 2014 - June 8, 2014