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Gloria Tanchelev writes:  Take a trip out to San Francisco State University to see the exhibition “Witness to War: Revisiting Vietnam in Contemporary Art.” Several artists in the exhibition have ties to the Bay Area. Including the work of Dinh Q. Le, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Harrell Fletcher, Long Nguyen, Thai Bui and Joyce Kozloff among others, “Witness to War” presents the emotional, intellectual and creative experience of artists born in the United States and Vietnam. Their art — painting, braided photographs, film, video, sculpture and installation — probes and transforms painful memories from opposite sides of the war, memories which electrify their work.

On Saturday February 24, art historian Moira Roth and artist, feminist and pacifist Joyce Kozloff talked about Kozloff’s life as an artist/activist, especially her recent engagement with Artists Against the War (the “American War” in Iraq). 

Other lectures, events, an artist roundtable and concurrent film festival, WWII to IRAQ, are scheduled at SFSU. For information: www.ica.sfsu.edu.

“Witness to War: Revisiting Vietnam in Contemporary Art” remains at the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building, San Francisco State University through March 15.

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, February 27th, 2007]

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