For three decades, photographer Amy Kaslow has chronicled the stories of lives disrupted by war. This endeavor has taken her around the world, including to Cambodia, South Africa, Iran, Iraq, San Salvador, and Rwanda. Her body of work is now assembled in Victims, Perpetrators, Eyewitnesses and Survivors: Life After War, which will be on view at Vassar College’s Palmer Gallery October 24-November 18. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 27, 5:00pm, in the gallery. All events are free and open to the public.
The exhibition features more than 25 works. Kaslow has photographed men, women, and children moving on after living through one of an array of conflicts that have roared over the span of our lifetime: the Holocaust, the Gulag, the Cold War, Apartheid, the Khmer Rouge killing fields, eight years of hand-to-hand combat between Iran and Iraq, Argentina’s “Dirty War,” ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, the Rwandan genocide, sub-Saharan Africa’s war on HIV-AIDS, gang control in Central America, the Drug War “pacification” of Brazil’s favelas, endless conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
"This selection of portraits appreciates the integrity of those whom others sought to degrade and the grace of those who rebuild their lives," says Kaslow.
In addition to her work as a photographer, Kaslow, a Vassar alumna, is also a journalist specializing in post-war economic reconstruction. She writes for Fortune Magazine and her work has also appeared in numerous international publications, including Institutional Investor, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Huffington Post, SLATE, Middle East Insight, The Middle East, Moment, Emerging Markets, Europe Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Quarterly, and The International Economy. Kaslow is also a White House appointee to the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
ABOUT THE JAMES W. PALMER III GALLERY
The James W. Palmer III Gallery serves as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, displaying art of diverse media, themes, and origins. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the Vassar class of 1990. It is situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building.
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