Artist Lecture January 24 – 25, Women in Focus: Documentary and Citizenship Conference sponsored by the University of South Wales, Cardiff, The National Museum of Wales and the European Centre for Documentary Research. Many thanks to photographer and educator Lisa Barnard for the invitation.
Exhibition February 1, 2019 – Walled off: The Politics of Containment, Founders Gallery at the Military Museums in Calgary, Canada. The NOOR Za’atari project, which I produced with NOOR photographers Stanley Greene, Andrea Bruce and Alixandra Fazzina, is on display through May 20, 2019. Many thanks to Curator and Professor Dona Schwartz for including the work.
My work is showing at the following venues in October
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Images from the book “An autobiography of Miss Wish” is at At Re-Imagining a Safe Space
My work is on view in October 2017 at the following venues.
- Forgotten Conflicts, Conflicts of Tomorrow”, Prix Calvados – Bayeux, France, October 2 – October 8
- Petrochemical America, from Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley, Space, Pittsburgh, PA September 27 – October 7
- Unloaded, The Harris Gallery, University of Laverne, LaVerne, CA Sep 5–Oct 26
- Re-imagining a Safe Space, NYU Tisch Gallery, NYC October 26 – December 15
- Subjective-Objective: A Century of Social Photography, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Sept 5 – Jan 7
As part of a project on modern day forms of slavery, I followed a group of black men who returned to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. They recalled being taken from their homes as children and sent to this school, which was more like a slave camp. Thousands of young boys, both black and white, were sent to Dozier over the years. Sometimes it was for truancy, or petty theft, sometimes no reason was given at all. Many journalists have covered this story and their reporting helped expose wrongdoing, injustice and brutality. But through it all, the stories of the black men, who received far harsher treatment, were relegated to the sidelines. Because of their diligent efforts to be heard, their story is now told in a piece published in Mother Jones magazine and on line today.
I sought these men out and followed them as they revisited the institution. They spoke about the permanent scars of this kind of racism, terror and humiliation, and how
it changed how they looked, spoke, and moved through the world. Their stories, and how they no longer felt safe in a white world that showed them violence, reminds me of how young black men from Ramarley Graham to Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis, to the thousands of New Yorkers stopped and frisked by New York Police, are still living the legacy of slavery.
I’ll be exhibiting work from a variety of projects at seven venues in the USA and Europe in September 2013.
Opening September 1
Photos and a new video from the series: Hedge
At the Noorderlicht festival as part of “To Have and Have Not”
Groningen, The Netherlands
Opening September 6, 2013
Nine large photographs from the series: Megachurches
At the Zacheta National Gallery of Art as part of “In God We Trust”
Opening September 14, 2013
Photographs from the series: Marine Wedding
At the Addison Gallery of Art as part of “The Kids are All Right”
Andover, MA, USA
Opening September 19, 2013
Container exhibition from the series: Fractured the Shale Play
At the Photoville 2013 Festival
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Thru September 27, 2013
Images from "Fractured:the Shale Play" – the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project
At the Handwerker Gallery
Ithaca, New York, USA
Thru September 29, 2013
The Marine Wedding portrait as part of the "War/Photography:Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath"
At the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC, USA
Thru October 13, 2013
The Bronx Gardens series as part of Solutions by NOOR
At La Maison de la Photographie de Robert Doisneau
Remember Agent Orange, the Monsanto produced defoliant which was supposed to smoke out the Vietnamese enemy?
It was a crop killer, a cancer agent, a chemical weapon, sprayed by the tons across Vietnam. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, causing cancer and abnormalities in veterans here and more dramatically, in children in Vietnam, more than one and two generations since the end of the war. (Do the after effects of war ever really end?)
The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have their own legacies, depleted uranium, and something you might not have heard of: burn pit exposure. All those military bases constructed like mini cities, produce trash, loads of it: hundreds and thousands of plastic water bottles, body parts, ammo, vehicles, you name it, whatever is discarded is burned and burned hot, lit by jet fuel. Troops lived in this toxic smoke day in and day out. And they got sick, really sick and now they have tumors, organ damage, asthma, and they are dying. Who operated those burn pits? KBR and Halliburton.
A powerful group of veteran victims and their advocates sought justice through the courts, and last week, they lost big time. Bush appointed US District Court Judge Roger Titus ruled that private companies working for the US government – like KBR and Halliburton – can’t be sued.
To learn more about burn pits, start with Kelly Kennedy’s brilliant reporting. I did follow up stills and videos in 2010.
All photos:Nina Berman