An exhibition featuring the work of award-winning documentary
photographers will be on display from Aug. 15 through Sept. 25 in Elgin
Community College’s Safety-Kleen Gallery One. The gallery is located inside the
college’s Building H Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Damage: The Human Faces of War,” depicts the personal cost of war. It examines
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 loss of a child on family. These conflicts are primarily seen in
Iraq and Afghanistan but the effects are universal.
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” on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Building G Spartan Auditorium.
After the lecture, the gallery will be open for students and community members
to view and ask questions.
addresses a list of problems gay and lesbian soldiers experienced while in the
military, many of which violated their human rights and ignored codes of
series presented in the gallery exhibition 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.