I've passed by these photographs almost daily for the past four months, but they've lost none of their power; if anything, my growing familiarity with the photographs as physical and visual objects makes them that much more stunning when I take a moment or two and really look, identifying with the wounded and disfigured soldiers as human beings and not just a collection of pixels, for the hundred-and-nteenth time. I'll be sad to see it go (though next season's art show should be great too; stay tuned!).
So I was thrilled to learn that Nina's work has been selected for inclusion in the Whitney Museum's upcoming 2010 biennial show of new American art. This is, apparently, a big deal in the art world and beyond: Wikipedia's (not always trustworthy) authoritative voice says the Biennial is "generally regarded as one of the leading shows in the art world, often setting or leading trends in contemporary art." Cool. (The show's up 2/25/2010 - 5/30/2010, at 945 Madison Ave. on the upper East side of Manhattan.)
We'll be taking down and packaging up the "Homeland" photographs next week, to be sent to The Whitney. "Purple Hearts" and "Marine Wedding," which are the photos on display in our
downstairsunderground gallery, apparently haven't been invited. (Nina can only bring one series of work, and even though we've exhibited them together, these photographs were really taken and originally intended as separate projects.)
Here's a selection of photographs from "Homeland" which may or may not be showing at the Whitney in 2010!
Get ready for the Fall 2009 production season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media!
Featuring a wide-ranging schedule of activist writers and poets, photographers and filmmakers, multi-media artists and musicians, join diverse communities networking through creative action! Share in the fun with Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men!, get inspired with Kathy Kelly and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and join in the critical discourse...
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6:30- 7:00 Nina Berman Artist Reception (sponsored by the Honest Weight Food Coop)
Join us during this artist's reception, and have an opportunity to view this great exhibition and meet Nina personally before the event begins!
7:00- 9:00 Nina Berman multi-media presentation and conversation with Kathy Kelly, followed by a poetry reading by Albany Veterans for Peace
Acclaimed photo-journalist Nina Berman, internationally known for her photographs of wounded American military, will share a multi-media presentation and discuss her exhibit "Evidence and Fantasy: Militarism in American Life" with legendary peace activist Kathy Kelly. Berman will discuss work from her series "Purple Hearts," "Marine Wedding," and "Homeland."