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Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on November 1st, 2017

Well, the power may be out, but there is a powerful exhibit right in the front lobby of Curtis Memorial Library (see what I did there?). It’s a quilt memorializing victims of U.S. drone attacks, and it is a deftly-handled way of addressing a painful subject that most people would rather not think about. It is upsetting to learn that human rights laws are being completely disregarded by leaders on both sides of the aisle, and I’m impressed by the way the women behind the Drones Quilt Project have chosen to get their message across.

 

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This quilt packs quite an unexpected punch if you stand in front of it for a few moments. From a distance, it is warm, colorful, and inviting; up close, it is a startling visual obituary for ordinary people of all ages. The names may not be familiar, but their roles in their respective families are: mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, child, friend. I applaud Curtis Memorial Library for displaying such a thought-provoking work of art in a high-traffic area, I grieve for the loss of life, and I hope for peace in our world.

 

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