I'm still a bit dazed as I post this, by the generous and enthusiastic review of Battlesight from the Capital Region's premier art critic, David Brickman. Here is how he begins:
It's as though the International Center of Photography opened a branch in Troy. The exhibition Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan by International Photographers is that good, and that important.
An extraordinary endorsement. The rest is here: http://dbgetvisual.blogspot.com/
A publication of the Center for Documentary Arts, an independent, nonprofit initiative to integrate art, culture, and humanitarian awareness. The Center promotes narrative and lyric forms of photography, film, oral history, radio, theatre, paintings, poetry, etc. that address social themes and bear witness to the human condition. A full description can be found on the About page. Edited by Timothy Cahill.
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War with faces
Published: Friday, October 29, 2010
The Blue Mosque, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan 2007 (Photo by Teru Kuwayama)
The 32 photographs in “Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan by International Photographers,” which is the inaugural exhibition of the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges, draw out an emotion that fulfills not only the mission of the show but also the mission of the center.
“The show raises our consciousness, not about a certain political agenda, but about our fellow human beings,” says Timothy Cahill, the center’s director. “That gets to the big word, which is compassion/empathy. If you open yourself up and don’t come in with one agenda or another, if you just look at the pictures, I think it’s impossible to walk away not having connected to their humanity.”
|The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), October 28, 2010|
Photos capture physical,
emotional impact of war
Views of Afghanistan, Iraq wars bring home reality
Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Joanne McFadden
TROY — One assignment, three different results,
all poignant statements about humanity.
That’s what visitors to The Arts Center of the
Capital Region will see in “Battlesight:
Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan by
International Photographers,” the debut
exhibition of the Center for Documentary Arts
at The Sage Colleges. It will be on exhibit through Dec. 19.
Timothy Cahill, founding director of the center, admits that there’s “something very
brave about launching a not-for-profit devoted to documentary art and compassion in
the midst of a great recession.” Yet he, along with founders Dr. Melvin Krant and
Steve Lobel, did just that.
“Battlesight” goes to the heart of the center’s twofold mission: to use documentary
arts to bring viewers into the lives of other people and as a result increase awareness
of what we share as humanity and foster increased compassion for one another.
In part, Cahill chose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the center’s first exhibition
because it will be on view at the same time as The Sage College’s Veterans Week
2010, and this was a way to highlight the activities of the center’s host institution.
Despite the subject matter, the exhibition is not a political statement. Neither it nor
the Center for Documentary Arts has a political agenda, Cahill said.
assignment to provoke a conversation about how documentary artists work and also
He chose three photographers who had worked in Iraq or Afghanistan on
to give the public a closer look at what is taking place in that region of the world.
“I wanted the show to begin to be a dialogue about various ways these artists
take reality and mold it into something that’s truthful and communicate that truth,”
THIS IS WAR An exhibit opened at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
(265 River St., Troy) last week that we all would do well to check out.
Curated by Timothy Cahill, Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and
Afghanistan by International Photographers is a powerful collection of war
photography by Pulitzer Prize winner Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Balazs Gardi
and Teru Kuwayama. The exhibit is on view through Dec. 19, but there
will be a reception tomorrow evening (Friday, Oct. 29) from 5:30-9 PM
during Troy Night Out.