Unloaded Exhibition at Northern Illinois University – August 25

Curator Susanne Slavick’s Unloaded Exhibition opens August 25 – October 24 at Northern Illinois University bringing together work by 20 multi media artists on the subject of gun ownership in the USA. Three of my photographs are included.

For more information on the exhibition and issue follow the Unloaded facebook page

Artists include Susanne Slavick, Lauren F. Adams, Joshua Bienko, Casey Li Brander, Anthony Cervino, Mel Chin, Cathy Colman, DADPRANKS (Lauren Goshinski, Kate Hansen, Isla Hansen, Elina Malkin, Nina Sarnelle and Laura A. Warman), James Duesing, Jessica Fenlon, Vanessa German, Jinshan, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Nagle Myers, Adrian Piper, Don Porcella, Devan Shimoyama, Renee Stout and Stephanie Syjuco.

My gun, my right - Come and Take it

Come and Take it Rally, San Antonio, Texas 2013
©Nina Berman, 2013, All Rights Reserved

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The International – a play and panel discussion July 23 in New York City

US Marines in Times Square for Fleet Week  - demonstration weapons including rifles and arriving in an armored personnel carrier
Join me tonight, July 23 for a performance of International,  the acclaimed play by Tim Ruddy. Read the New York Times review here

Following the performance I will be on a panel with playwright Tim Ruddy, Director Christopher Randolph, Legal Scholar Vesukah Nesiah and Unicef’s Sarah Crowe.

For tickets:

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
416 West 42nd Street
NY, NY 10036

© Photo by Nina Berman, 2015/ All Rights Reserved

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The Long Road from Selma to Ferguson at the Monroe Gallery of Photography

The Monroe Gallery of Photography’s summer exhibition July 3 – September 27, will show images from Selma to Ferguson,  a visual history of the struggle for racial equality over the last 50 years.    I’m grateful to Sid Monroe,  one of the kindest,  most dedicated champions of photography,  for including two of my photographs about the Eric Garner killing in this exhibition.   If you’re in Santa Fe this summer,  stop in and see the history.  Justice for Eric Garner MarchBEN_2014_8_23_Garner_005

Photos ©Nina Berman 2014,  All Rights Reserved

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Za’atari Project at the Hamburg Triennale of Photography

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NOOR’s Za’atari project will be shown at the Hamburg Triennale of Photography opening June 19 through  June 28, 2015.   Thank you to Sam Barzilay of United Photo Industries for taking the project on the road.

Photo ©Nina Berman 2014

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Futures in Visual Anthropology – April 9, 2015

NOOR/Zaatari Collaborative project

I will be presenting “Inside These Walls”  a discussion of the NOOR Za’atari project at Temple University’s Futures of Visual Anthropology Conference 2015.  The theme this year is “Making Space”.

April 9, 2015                                                                                                                                     Temple University
Ritter Hall Walk Auditorium                                                                                                           4:15 – 5:15pm                                                                                                                       Philadelphia, PA

Inside These Walls:                                                                                                                       Picturing refugees: the Za’atari photographic installation and portrait project

Produced in 2014, the Za’atari project transformed a highly charged political space, the 120 meter concrete barbed wire security wall at the entrance to Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees into a massive photographic mural depicting these refugees on a monumental scale. The mural at the world’s second largest refugee camp was visible to both the subjects of the photographs and to the visitors, stakeholders and diplomats who decide their fate.

The project borrowed some of the visual language of photojournalism however by choice and political necessity, the process required explicit consent and collaboration. The security wall is a highly contested space with multiple parties claiming ownership. There was a real possibility of violence. Consent and respect for cultural and religious norms of representation was a primary consideration. The images also had to strike a particular truth: they had to negotiate the space between the grim reality of the camp and the projects’ s intent to use art as a form of inspiration and empowerment.

In addition to the wall mural, the photographers constructed a photo studio with a black backdrop and invited refugees to have their portraits made alone or with someone or something they loved.  Providing this neutral space as opposed to photographing them against the background of the camp removed the stigma and narrative of refugee status from the portraits.   The subjects chose how to pose and what expressions to offer; the photographers were at their service. Around 500 portrait prints were made on the scene and given to the subjects. The booth operated as a unique space in the camp where refugees had agency.

The presentation will explore this project in detail in the context of using photography as an affirming medium in spaces of disenfranchisement and psychological and social trauma.

NOOR/Zaatari Collaborative project

Nina Berman

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Unloaded

UNLOADED EXHIBITION

My gun, my right - Come and Take it

I will be exhibiting three photographs in Unloaded an exhibition which opens February 13, 2015 at SPACE in Pittsburgh and runs through April 26, 2015.

The exhibition brings together work from 19 artists and collectives working across mediums to explore the historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture.

The exhibition was conceived and curated by the immensely talented artist and Carnegie Mellon professor Susanne Slavick.

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Photo ©Nina Berman 2013

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Smackmellon – “Respond” Opens January 17, 2015

JoseLuisLebron__002Smackmellon, the Brooklyn arts space, put out a call for artists to respond to the continuing problem of police violence directed mainly at
black and brown residents of New York and across the country. The result is the exhibition “Respond” which brings together 200 art works by photographers, videographers, painters, sculptors, performance artists, activists, street artists and others. I am very excited to be part of this show and will exhibit a photograph I made in 1990 “Funeral for Jose Luis Lebron“,

The Smackmellon Press Release states:

“Nina’s description of this image sums things up: On January 31, 1990 at 5:30 pm, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York Police Officer Frank Albergo shot and killed 14-year-old Jose Luis Lebron, who was unarmed. An autopsy showed that Lebron was shot squarely in the back of the head. Albergo had been chasing Lebron for allegedly having robbed someone of $10.00 and claimed Lebron had been reaching for a gun. Eyewitnesses told a different tale. Four days earlier, also in Brooklyn, another police officer, shot and killed 17-year-old unarmed Louis Liranso. The two shootings touched off protest marches in Brooklyn. Both officers were cleared of any wrong doing. At Lebron’s funeral family member were overcome by grief and some tried to jump into the gravesite. The 2014 killings of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, currently in the news, top a long list of similar shootings by the NYPD that have been going on for decades. With each new killing, old cases fall deeper down the list, and are quickly forgotten except by family members and loved ones. Jose Luis Lebron is one of those cases.”

Opening: January 17, 2015
5 to 8pm

Exhibition Dates: January 17- February 22, 2015
Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY

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