Using a hybrid orchestra of military and experimental musicians, the most recent iteration of Marina Rosenfeld’s large-scale composition, Free Exercise, was staged at this year’s La Biennale de Montréal.
How might one delineate “damage” given the wider effects of war on society and its citizenry? Solmaz Sharif’s debut book of poems inquires through a powerful collection of verse that integrates the Defense Dictionary lexicon.
“War isn’t a destination, nor is it a topic to be mined for scribes with nothing else to say.”
As the American occupation of Iraq drags on despite recycled timelines and White House reassurances, the timing of this show (which opened on the day of the Madrid bombings) felt unsettlingly right.