Jennifer Karady: In Country: Soldier’s Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan
March 31 – May 1, 2011
Reception: Thursday, March 31, 5 – 8 pm
“In Country” consists of twelve large-scale 48 x 48 inch color photographs accompanied by a short synopsis of the veteran’s story written in his or her own words. Each work is initiated by an extensive interview process with the soldier, followed by a collaboration in which the veteran reenacts a chosen moment from war within the safe space of his or her everyday environment, often surrounded by family and friends.
Unlike some photographers who use actors to stage narratives, Karady works with real veterans to dramatize their stories through metaphorical and narrative techniques. Through this process, the artist makes visible the psychological impact of war—the nightmares and memories that soldiers continue to experience after returning home.