“War is only half the story…” Sara Terry
Beloit College alumnus Todd J. Tubutis’92 will be coming to campus on Thursday, Sept. 17, to give a lecture addressing the topics surrounding conflict photography. Tubutis, formerly of Blue Sky--the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts--and now associate director of The Sheldon Museum of Art, curated the photo exhibit currently on display in the Hollensteiner Gallery at the Wright Museum: “Conflict and Consequences:Photographing War and Its Aftermath.” Planning and coordinating the exhibit started early in the spring with photographs arriving and installation underway over the summer.
The exhibit is open from now until October 10. In a text panel for the exhibit, Todd writes: “The exhibition presents the work of 14 photographers who have dedicated their practice as journalists, documentarians, and artists to making work that records what happens during war and what comes after. Together, the images represent conflicts waged in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nicaragua, Peru, Yemen, Sierra Leone, and the United States. They also exemplify the kinds of projects undertaken elsewhere by many other photographers in conflict-afflicted countries around the globe.
The often unseen consequences of war can persist for years, if not decades, after conflict is declared officially ended. Such aftermath frequently reveals itself in the personal histories of individuals who experienced first-hand the physical and mental brutality of dislocation, torture, abductions, rape, disfigurement, and regimented killing. The line between war and its aftermath is a blurry one; sometimes the two are indistinguishable in their simultaneity. And then there are lingering atrocities that do not manifest their full trauma until well after guns are silenced.”
Please join the Wright Museum and the college community for Todd’s lecture at 5 p.m. in Richardson auditorium.