Justseeds and IVAW collaborate on “Operation Exposure”.
“Operation Exposure: War is Trauma”, a coordinated Street Art action to raise awareness of the poor way veterans are treated after they are injured, took place on the streets of Chicago last week. Sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the postering campaign took over public space that is usually reserved for encouraging citizens to think of themselves purely as consumers.
The wheat-pasting collaboration with Street Artists and war veterans tells of a suicide epidemic in the armed forces and the practice of re-deploying of troops multiple times despite serious debilitating injury, and the silent suffering of neighbors who are touched by our wars. Veterans, artists, and volunteers met in Rogers Park and divided into teams for the installation. They divided up posters that Justseeds had designed for IVAW and then hit the streets.