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When Arab Spring Becomes All Out War: Tisch Photography Exhibit Explores the Human Cost of Unrest in Syria

July 25, 2013

HusampostcardThe 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.

Auger is the eighth recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, established in 2005 by The Tierney Family Foundation exclusively for Tisch photography alumni. Fellows must have demonstrated excellence in the field of photography and have graduated within the past two to seven years. The primary goal of the Fellowship is to support promising aspiring artists and assist them in overcoming challenges that photographers face at the start of their careers.

The exhibition is on view through August 10 in the Gulf+Western Gallery at 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place). Gallery hours are 10 am to 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm Saturdays. It is open to the public, and admission is free. Photo identification is required to enter the building. For further information, call (212) 998-1930, or visit

--Shonna Keogan

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