Boots on the Ground: Charlotte Perspectives on the War in Iraq
It's been nearly a decade since U.S. troops entered Baghdad. In April 2003, the ground phase of the War in Iraq began. In a new exhibit organized by Levine Museum of the New South and on display from January 26 through July 2013, we invite you to look back at the conflict through the perspectives of five Charlotte residents.
Charlotte Observer reporter Mark Washburn and photographer Gerry Broome were embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq. They worked to find words and images to engage and inform their readers here at home.
Marek Ranis, a UNC-Charlotte art professor, used art to make the distant war more tangible. Through his work, featuring enlarged maps, visitors can explore what it feels like to "walk around Iraq"
Bank of America executive Jared Rorrer served a year in Iraq. A North Carolina Army National Guard officer, he led supply convoys of long-distance truckers. His photographs tell the story of his experience, and how he helped his troops work as a unit far from home.
Artist Ráed Al-Rawi left Iraq rather than fight in dictator Saddam Hussein’s 1980 war with Iran. He made a new life as a U.S. citizen in Charlotte. In 2004 he could at last go back to Iraq for a visit. His photographs capture what he found as he returned to a warzone.
Boots on the Ground is made possible through the generous support of Bank of America