Loading Events

« All Events

The Rubenstein Library Gallery: Christopher Sims

December 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until February 27, 2022

- Free

Image by Christopher Sims

The Pretend Villages: Christopher Sims

In this exhibit, The Pretend Villages documents the inhabitants and structures of imagined, fabricated Iraqi and Afghan villages on the training grounds of U.S. military bases. Situated in the deep forests of North Carolina and Louisiana and in a great expanse of desert near Death Valley in California, these villages serve as strange and poignant way stations for soldiers headed off to war, and for those who have fled from it: American troops encounter actors, often recent immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, who are paid to be “cultural role players.” Christopher Sims photographed in these surprising and fantastical realms from 2005 to 2018 as U.S. wars abroad fluctuated in intensity. With this book, he presents an archival record of “enemy” village life that is as convincingly accurate and comically misdirected as it is mundane and nightmarish.

Details

Date:
December 22
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery
411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
(919) 660-5870
Website:
https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/about/photography

Details

Date:
December 22
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery
411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
(919) 660-5870
Website:
https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/about/photography