Putain de Guerre – 1914 – 2014 opens at the fantastic Beaux Arts Museum in Charleroi, Belgium.
I’m grateful to curator Jacques Cerami for selecting prints from the Purple Hearts series, drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibition opens to the public October 4 and is up through December 14.
Photograph: Robert Acosta, 2004
I’ll be exhibiting work from Purple Hearts, Marine Wedding, Fractured: the Shale Play and the Za’atari project at the following venues this fall. Also, please join me at Photoville, in Brooklyn, NY on September 28 for a panel with Andres Serrano and Sam Barzilay.
September 18, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Artist panel with Andres Serrano and Sam Barzilay
September 28, 2014
Palmer Museum of Art
Marcellus Shale Documentary Project
September 23, 2014 – December 14, 2014
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Putain de Guerre
October 4, 2014 – December 13, 2014
Manchester Art Gallery
“The Sensory War”
October 11, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Portland Art Museum
“Blue Sky at 40”
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Portland, Oregon, USA
Tyson Johnson, from the Purple Hearts series, © Photo by Nina Berman, 2004,
Join me for an artist talk at Yale University as part of the Humanities in Medicine lecture series.
January 16, 2014
The Anlyan Center Auditorium, TAC N-107
300 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT
5pm – 6pm
©Photo by Nina Berman, 2004
From the Purple Hearts series
Widows Bakery, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1998 ©Nina Berman All Rights Reserved
I will be exhibiting at four venues in the USA in September. The Honolulu Museum of Art “Courage and Strength” exhibition, featuring 8 large scale Purple Hearts prints along with work by Suzanne Opton, Ashley Gilbertson, the late great Tim Hetherington and Peter Hapak opens September 6. Many thanks to curator Jay Jensen for dreaming up the show.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, presents “The Kids Are All Right,” opening September 30 and curated by Alison Ferris. I’m delighted to be in the company of my dear friend Andrea Modica and a slew of other amazing photographers. Four Marine Wedding images will be on display. The exhibition travels nationally through 2013.
Sid Monroe’s Monroe Gallery of Photography continues through September 22 with the group exhibition “The Struggle for Human Rights.” I’m joined with my NOOR colleague Yuri Kozyrev and others. The gallery is showing Under Taliban, photographed in Afghanistan in 1998.
Portland Art Museum hosts: Flesh and Bone: The Body and Photography opening September 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013. A print from their permanent collection of Tyson Johnson from Purple Hearts, is on view.
In October 2003, I met Sgt. Jeremy Feldbusch. He was an Army Ranger, 24 years old at the time. Three weeks into the war he was wounded in an artillery attack near the Haditha Dam. Metal sliced through his head and left him brain damaged and blind. “He sees nothing but darkness,” his mother said. Feldbusch had been the first in his class of 228 rangers. At one time in his life he wanted to be a doctor. Filmmaker Richard Hankin made Home Front about Jeremy and his family.
Two days after meeting Jeremy, I met Sam Ross, 21 years old, who was wounded in Baghdad during a mine clearing operation. Sam lost a leg, half his hearing, and his eyesight. He had shrapnel in his body, and a hole in his right hand. He was living in a trailer in southwestern PA. His mother was out of the picture. His father was incarcerated for murder. Years later, the New York Times, wrote about him. I think about Sam a lot. I’m hoping to see him soon as he just got out of prison.
Alan Jermaine Lewis, 23, lost both his legs when his humvee struck a mine. He was delivering ice to other soldiers at the time. He grew up with an intimate knowledge of violence. His father was killed in a robbery when he was seven. His sister and his best friend, a 6 year old boy, were both killed by stray bullets. I always thought Alan joined the Army to save his life. His dream when he returned was to become a middle school teacher. It didn’t happen for him.
Jose Martinez, 20, was injured in Karbala, three weeks into the war when his vehicle hit a mine and he was trapped in the explosion. He spent a year at Brooke Army Medical Center recovering from his burns. He said the injury was a revelation for him. He had always been a “pretty boy” and relied on his looks. But now he realized it was who you are and what you say that’s important. Some people might recognize Jose. He became a
The Montserrat College of Art, in conjunction with the Exhibition: “For the Record: Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict” , is hosting a two day symposium September 30, and October 1 in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Photo: Alan Jermaine Lewis, from the Purple Hearts series ©Nina Berman, 2004
I will be presenting work Saturday, October 1. Click
I’m pleased to announce that the Purple Hearts exhibition will be on display at the Clayton A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville, New York from March 1 through March 18, 2011. Not many would be so proud to publicize a high school exhibition — hardly glamorous, not likely to bring in collectors, but showing Purple Hearts to young audiences has been one of my most rewarding experiences as a photographer. I started presenting and exhibiting in high schools in 2004, first visiting high schools in New York and New Jersey, and then with a grant, traveling with Robert Acosta, one of the subjects of Purple Hearts, to high schools across the country. In many of the classes we visited, students had family members serving in the armed forces, or they themselves were being recruited. Last year, in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial, I served as an artist in residence, working with New York City high school students at the museum to create works that focused on their interpretation of war. Teenagers make for a really exciting and committed audience and I encourage any artist/photographer/journalist to seek them out. I would be interested in hearing comments from other photographers who would like to share their experiences working with high school students.