Tactical Formations is about the power of the collective voice. Each of the artists in the exhibit has something meaningful and essential to share about their experiences and views of war, but it is when they join together with other artists who share in a common mission that the tides of change and understanding really begin to mount.
This exhibit not only features three generations of artists making work about the veteran experience, but also underlines the power of organizing into communities in order to achieve common goals. These groups cultivate support in order to claim a voice that was often ignored or denied, to question the forces that propagate and sustain conflict, or to encourage viewers to participate in ongoing conversations about the effects of war on our society and culture. Tactical Formations is about borrowing an idea that generally pertains to combat strategy, and applying it to artistic production as a tool of change. It is our responsibility to take the time to understand their missions, accept their invitations to take part in the dialogues they present, and support their refusal to accept war at face value.