From 1964 to 1973, the United States waged a secret war in Laos, dropping 260 million cluster bombs—the most dropped on any country in history. The bombings destroyed many villages and displaced hundreds of thousands of Lao civilians during the nine-year period. Lao refugees had no way to communicate with the world about their experiences, except through hand-drawn sketches etched in pencil, pens, crayons, and markers. These drawings, which ultimately led to world awareness about the CIA's covert war in Laos, are now part of an exhibit called "Legacies of War National Traveling Exhibition," at Intermedia Arts. The historical drawings are accompanied by photos, maps, and other relevant documents about the decade-long bombing campaign, as well as archival and contemporary images, art, and video. Included in the exhibit are original audio interviews and documentary films depicting the lives of those affected by the bombings, and their impact on the Laotian diaspora. Local artist Malichansouk Kouanchao guest curates with the inclusion of a piece titled Our Shared Journey, created by contributions from local community members recruited by the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota. The opening reception is 7 p.m. Thursday, September 30.
Sept. 30-Oct. 24, 2010