Collateral Damage: The Human Face of War

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A rose is held up to the face of Rokhshana Rahimi who was near death at Herat Public hospital. Rokhshana set herself on fire when her husband, who left her to go to Iran 14 years earlier, demanded she return to him. She died in the hospital from her wound, 2003-2005 Pigment Print 18 1/8 X 27 1/2 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery
Collateral Damage: The Human Face of War

230 West Superior Street
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
September 7th, 2012 - December 1st, 2012
Opening: September 7th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

River North/Near North Side
Wed-Sat 11-6



This exhibition examines a series of important issues and effects of war not commonly addressed by the news or arts media including: post-traumatic stress; service by gays in the military/don’t ask don’t tell; gender issues; what constitutes maleness in war and the long term effects of loss of a child on family. The conflicts are primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan but the issues are universal.


Presented are six projects by four accomplished and award-winning photographers, two men and two women: Samantha  Appleton, Vincent Cianni, Ashley Gilbertson, and Stephanie  Sinclair. Select important historic war photographs by Dmitri Baltermants, Robert Capa, Werner Bischof, Wayne Miller, and others will also be exhibited to provide

a context for the current conflicts.




Samantha Appleton examines the maleness of the atmosphere of war.

She photographed men and boys, soldiers and civilians, as they move through the

fog of war.

Vincent Cianni shares works from his ongoing project, “Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me”.  This oral history and photographic project documents gay and lesbian service members and veterans from World War II to the present and is based on their experiences in the military and the effects that the ban on homosexuality had on

their careers and lives.

Ashley Gilbertson goes to the heart of the matter with a quiet homage to the soldiers who will never come home in his “Bedrooms of the Fallen”.   Also on view are photographs from  his book, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (The University of Chicago 2007) which documents four years of his experiences in Iraq.

Stephanie Sinclair creates compassionate art reportage out of almost indescribable pain.  Her photographs in this exhibition center on the suffering of the women of Afghanistan.  Her subjects have been the victims of such pernicious and continual violence at the hands of men that they have taken to acts of self-immolation.