When Arab Spring Becomes All Out War: Tisch Photography Exhibit Explores the Human Cost of Unrest in Syria
Jul 25, 2013
The sleepy summer term tableau of in the main TSOA Building foyer contrasts sharply with the hustle and bustle of regular term-time. All the more reason to venture through the lobby, behind the elevators, to take in Bridget Auger’s powerful photo and text exhibit, “This is Not Me: Enduring Syria’s War.”
Sponsored by the Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging, the exhibition subject matter couldn’t be timelier. But its main strength lies is the deftness with which it tells the tale of two friends as they experience the ongoing conflict in Syria from inside and outside their homeland.
Auger, a Tisch Photography alumna (BFA, ’06) and the 2012 Tierney Fellowship award recipient from the Department of Photography & Imaging, both lovingly and realistically depicts her subjects as they register the range of emotions provoked by the events from 2011 to the present: excitement, hope, terror, disillusionment, isolation and despair. Coupled with the images are verbatim quotes, rounding out a compact exhibition that provides the viewer with both a complex and nuanced portrait not only of the situation in present day Syria, but of the hubris and disappointment that encompass revolution.