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PS118: Curator Talk – From Fallujah

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest curator, photographer, 21 year Army veteran, and UNC-Chapel Hill American Studies PhD candidate, John Bechtold will talk about war in public memory and some of the curatorial choices which informed this visual project.

From Fallujah is a group photography exhibit featuring the work of four emerging Iraqi photographers. The exhibit proceeds from the idea that the best way to learn about a place is through the people who live there. Our purpose is to simply make another story about Fallujah visible to American audiences, one that departs from its militarized meaning in public memory. Fallujah is not an Iraq War battlefield. It is a place where people work, attend school, and frequent public spaces wanting what we all want, a chance to peaceably choose our lives.

This exhibit seeks to literally install an Iraqi perspective in an American space. With this in mind, audiences can expect to view photographs displayed in a more traditional mode, as well as arranged in a recreated Iraqi living space in the front of the gallery.

After a twenty-one-year career in the United States Army, John Bechtold is living his second act of life as an artist and academic. He was in Iraq twice, once as a platoon leader and once again as an advisor to the Iraqi Army. That experience continues to shape how he sees the world. John holds a Master’s degree from Duke University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His dissertation explores the representation of war in American public memory.

Details

Date:
October 21
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Venue

PS-118 Gallery
118 W. Parrish Street
Durham, NC United States
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Website:
http://horseandbuggypress.com

Details

Date:
October 21
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

PS-118 Gallery
118 W. Parrish Street
Durham, NC United States
+ Google Map
Website:
http://horseandbuggypress.com