Catered by WMHT, plus community potluck of food from the Middle East
Theater of War and 8,817 Goodbyes by Meredith Davenport
Theater of War is a series of works based on an archive of photographs made of men playing games with air guns that are based on news reports and veteran’s experiences in contemporary conflicts, such as a recreation of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden that took place thousands of miles from the conflict zone on a campground in Northern Virginia. . The book was published in the fall of 2014 by Intellect Press and a performance of one of the photographs took place in the Hunter Times Square Gallery in 2009.
8,817 Goodbyes documents the death of my urban beehive last year while simultaneously exploring the process of grieving my partner whose death inspired my purchase of the hive. The title refers to the number of frames made as I photographed each dead bee that I found and is inspired by Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. Barthes writes about the photograph’s intimate relationship to death. He proposed “photography may correspond to the intrusion, in our modern society, of an asymbolic Death, outside of religion, outside of ritual, a kind of abrupt dive into literal Death. Life / Death: the paradigm is reduced to a simple click, the one separating the initial pose from the final print.”
Meredith Davenport earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a distinguished career in documentary photography. Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times and on the cover of Newsweek magazine. She was a location producer and videographer in the highly acclaimed HBO documentary "Child Soldiers”. She was invited to do a fellowship at Yaddo. She has received a Pew Fellowship and a Puffin Foundation grant. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the International Center of Photography. Her book "Theater of War" is published by Intellect Press and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.