ELGIN – An exhibition featuring the work of award-winning documentary photographers will be on display from Friday, Aug. 15, through Thursday, Sept. 25, at Elgin Community College.
The exhibit, “Collateral Damage: The Human Faces of War,” will depict the personal cost of war and its universal conflicts that are primarily seen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The work in the exhibit will examine a series of important issues and effects of war generally overlooked, including post-traumatic stress; service by gays in the military; “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policies; women soldiers; what constitutes maleness in wars; and the long-term effects of the loss of a child on family.
In addition to the exhibit, Vincent Cianni, whose work has been represented in museums and private collections across the country, will give a presentation on “Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me” from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Spartan Auditorium in Building G. After the lecture, the gallery will be open for students and community members to view and ask questions.
Cianni’s presentation will address a list of problems gay and lesbian soldiers experience while in the military, many of which, a news release states, violated their human rights and ignored codes of decency.
Other series presented in the gallery exhibition will include: “Men with War” by Samantha Appleton; “The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and “Bedrooms of the Fallen” by Ashley Gilbertson; and the “Never Ending War: Iraq” and “Self-immolation in Afghanistan: A Cry for Help,” by Stephanie Sinclair.
Elgin Community College’s Safety-Kleen Gallery One is located inside the college’s Building H Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
For information, contact ECC gallery curator Ed Krantz at 847-214-7405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.