Visions of Conflict

October 18-November 15, 2015


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Public artist talk and opening reception with Ziyah Gafić:
Sunday, October 18, 2:30-5:30 P.M.

Public artist talk and reception with Louie Palu
Friday, October 30, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

From October 18 – November 15, the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries will present work by four distinguished photographers who document and create work in response to conflict and war.

The exhibition “Visions of Conflict” features the photographic work of Ziyah Gafić, Louie Palu, Jessica Hines, and Larry Price, and is held as part of the CELIA conference “ACCORD: Peace, War, and the Arts.” Benjamin J. Montague, Associate Professor of Art, curated the exhibition. The exhibition and related programming are supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Collaborative Education, Leadership, & Innovation in the Arts (CELIA), an Ohio Center of Excellence at Wright State University.   

Inspired by the anniversaries of the Dayton Peace Accord and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the exhibition explores how artists document their own response to conflict. Their images help instill empathy and ask viewers to question their own understanding of war. The photographs included in the exhibition function as more than just historical documents, but rather offer insight into the emotional and psychological consequences of battle. Artist lectures by photojournalists Ziyah Gafić and Louie Palu will help audiences gain an understanding of the historical context of the work and how one can express the tragedies of conflict through the arts.

Ziyah Gafić’s “Quest for Identity” series documents the artifacts of genocide retrieved in mass graves across Bosnia. His direct, unflinching photographs have become tools for identification for the families who are still searching for missing loved ones.  These objects tell of the victims’ stories and speak directly to the genocide that continues to take place around the globe. Gafić’s work has been exhibited widely and his work is regularly published in some of the world’s leading publications such as Time, Telegraph Magazine, and Newsweek. His photo essay on Bosnia was published in the book, ‘Tales from Globalizing World’ by Thames & Hudson.

Louie Palu’s “Garmsir Marines” is a series of large formal portraits taken of soldiers as they return from patrol in Afghanistan. These images invite the viewer to experience conflict through the detailed yet ambiguous expressions on the faces of the soldiers. Louie Palu is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including a National Magazine Award, National Newspaper Award nominee, Pictures of the Year International, and Critical Mass Book Award. His work has been exhibited at the Canadian War Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Annenberg Space For Photography, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Jessica Hines takes a personal approach to the aftermath of conflict in her series “My Brother’s War.” Hines investigates how the Vietnam War impacted her brother, and she struggles to make sense of the personal tragedy it inflicted upon her. Hines has been awarded several prestigious awards for her work including the 2013 PDN Photo Annual and Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Paris, France. She has numerous national and international exhibitions and is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, NYC, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as others.

Larry Price’s “Redemption Stories” are portraits of adults from the Democratic Republic of Congo who survived years of conflict as child soldiers and women caught in the sex trade. Through the support of the Center for Investigative Reporting and with text from Richard Paddock, Price’s images share the stories of perseverance and hope. Price has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo Awards, the Pan American Press Association, and the National Press Photographers Association.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Thursdays 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., and Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 P.M.  All visitor parking areas on campus are free, and parking at the Creative Arts Center is unrestricted after 4:00 P.M. Fridays and weekends. A dedicated parking space for Galleries patrons is available during school hours in Lot 15. All Galleries events are free and open to the public.