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Blown Away is a collection of art works that deal with issues particularly urgent for today. Encompassing photography, sculpture, drawing and installation, the works in this exhibition are a collaborative project by two artists, Vivienne Dadour and Liz Ashburn. Here they reconsider the well known facts surrounding the US bombing of Laos in 1964 to 1973, and the continuing carnage in the Middle East.
In 2013 and 2015, Vivienne Dadour visited Luang Prabang, Laos PDR to participate in an Artists Residency Program. She was constantly challenged by how this gentle environment where the spiritual imbues the rhythms of everyday life could exist in spite of its violent political history. During the Vietnam War more than 2 million tons of ordnance was dropped by the US Air Force on Laos (known as the secret war).
Meeting Place features photographs from Dadour’s travel diaries referencing aspects of Laos’ Buddhist beliefs, epics and legends, people and places overlaid and intertwined with artifacts she collected in Laos that relate to the War. My Grandpapa and Uncles Used to be Soldiers features children’s responses to the war through drawings overlaid with photographs from Dadour’s travel diaries that act as reminders of the war.