The work in this exhibition speaks to some of the challenges the military community faces-frequent moves, family separations, and daily sacrifices-challenges that come with supporting the defense of this country. On one side of the path are Yoon’s portraits of soldiers, many of whom are parents or spouses of workshop participants. Symbolically, these portraits stand along the Kansas-Missouri border as a reminder of a soldier’s work protecting our nation’s borders; the changing seasonal backgrounds in these images suggest the passage of time during a typical deployment of nine months. On the other side of the path is the work produced by the workshop participants. The space between the soldiers’ portraits and the photographs taken by their families evokes the constancy of family separations that military life demands.

To Be At War

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