On May 1, 2012, artist Margaret Evangeline heard President Obama’s speech broadcast live from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan projecting the end of a ten-year war. She listened with mixed reaction, as for her the sense of jeopardy and urgency shared by families of serving soldiers was lacking in America’s national collective consciousness. The Obama speech sealed Evangeline’s resolve to finish a personal project that she started in 2011 to relieve the constant emotional challenge of her concern for her eldest son Michael, who was in his third deployment to Iraq. The project is a collaboration that linked Evangeline to soldiers on the military outpost, Balad, in Afghanistan. The work, completed in 2011, is unveiled in her new monograph Sabachthani: Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Charta 2012).
Artist Margaret Evangeline, poet and art writer Jonathan Goodman, art critic Dominique Nahas and curator Lilly Wei will be at NYPL on March 20 to discuss art’s potential to mirror social issues without subverting the aesthetic nature of art making.