Light in Wartime
Light in Wartime explores the relationship between light and photography in the context of war. The show presents photographers whose work addresses and employs the blackout darkness and precarious light conditions characteristic of a life under siege. Photographs are made from sniper holes, debris, moonlight, dioramas of memoryscapes, and imagined or remembered narratives. Light, whether it be a source of illumination, on the metaphoric or technical level, is the impetus behind the creation of the photographs, bringing forth new dimensions on the representation of war.
Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese visual artist and curator. In 2016 she graduated with an MFA in photography from Columbia University. Her work explores new dimensions on the representation of war, memory, and identity. Rola has curated shows in Beirut, Thessaloniki, and New York, such as the BEYroute for the third Thessaloniki Bienniale, Lattice Work at the Black and White gallery, and Simmer at Kunstraum LLC. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Okk / raum 29, Catalyst Arts Belfast Photo Festival 2013, and the 21st International Istanbul Art Fair (Tuyap). Rola lives and works in NYC.