Screening/Reading: Framing the Culture of Terror : An evening with Nina Berman and Denise Gaberman

Wed, April 29, 2009 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Nina Berman, one of America's most acclaimed photographers, has been documenting American culture and the increasing militarization of American life since the events of September 11. Her book of photographs, Purple Hearts – Back From Iraq, a collection of portraits and interviews with U.S. soldiers wounded in the war, has received wide praise. She recently published her second book, Homeland, wherein she documents the militarization of American society from 'terrorist attack re-enactments' in small American towns to large military carnivals geared for recruiting young Americans into the armed forces. Berman's photography is classical innature, framing everyday occurances and using her camera as a magnifying glass on what we see but might not notice. Berman's work reminds us that the normalization of violence and militarization in American society is an ongoing process, creeping on us naturally, and successful only if we choose not to see it.

Berman will share some of her photographs and experiences with the audience. We will also screen the documentary "Nina Berman: Photographer" by Denise Gaberman who followed Berman on some of her projects. The evening will conclude with a book signing with Berman. Her website is

About the Director:
Denise R. Gaberman has produced and directed documentaries, cooking shows, and short films. She has worked with the award-winning production company, Firelight Media, as an Associate Producer/Videographer on documentaries about high school reform and on the award-winning PBS documentary "Running" about the 2001 City Council races in NYC. She just finished a short documentary "Welcome to Metal Kingdom" about the Latin/Aztec/Mayan/Tribal heavy metal scene in Queens, NYC.

Denise is moving to Sydney, Australia at the end of this month and this will be her last screening before she leaves the country.

3rd i NY & Alwan Collaborative Monthly Screening Series are made possible in part through support from The Fund for Creative Creative Communities administered through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Last updated: 2009-09-29 10:57:57

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