This is small selection of works from Tim’s larger series— a creation of striking portraits of friends and performers; Tim and the subject work collaboratively to portray an authentic emotion or memory using theatrical lighting, pigments and oils. This selection of images share a common theme: the participants acted out experiences of trauma. The call for participants went to as many men as women, however men seem less willing to revisit trauma which is humiliating. This set is another demonstration of the strength in the feminine.
Images are paired with words from the subjects themselves.
Tim and the collaborators work over a period of four hours or more, with the participants slowly covering and re-covering themselves in a range of materials, entering a state of subconscious mental flow. The goal is to make visible emotions of anger, dismay, grief — and sometimes resilience and growth. The photos are part documentary, part fine art.
It is a tremendous honor to collaborate with these brave individuals.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.