Exhibit: From Fallujah
Date(s) - 10/01/2021 - 11/06/2021
UNC Center for Middle East Studies
Photography exhibit curated by John Bechtold.
Featuring the work of four emerging Iraqi photographers, the exhibit proceeds from the idea that the best way to learn about a place is through the people who live there. Our purpose is to make another story about Fallujah visible to American audiences, one that departs from its militarized meaning in public memory. Fallujah is not an Iraq War battlefield. It is a place where people work, attend school, and frequent public spaces wanting what we all want, a chance to peaceably choose our lives. Scholar Noor Ghazi will speak on October 9 during the official opening.
After a 21 year career in the U.S. Army, John Bechtold is living his second act of life as an artist and academic. His experiences in Iraq, once as a platoon leader and again as an advisor to the Iraqi Army continue to shape how he sees the world. John is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill. His dissertation explores the representation of war in American public memory.
Opening Reception; Sat. Oct. 9; 3–6pm with guest scholar Noor Ghazi giving a free public talk
Curator Talk: Thurs. Oct. 21; 6–8pm
PS118, 118 West Parrish Street
Durham, NC 27701