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War, Family, and Work on Display at PRC

Conflict, community, and commerce shown through images

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Click on the slide show above to see images from EXPOSURE and to hear Lana Z. Caplan, Claire Beckett, and Cree Bruins talk about their work.

Conflict, community, and commerce are all featured themes in EXPOSURE: The Annual Photographic Resource Center Juried Exhibition, which opens Thursday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. While juried shows often display single works from many photographers, the work in EXPOSURE is from just 14 artists — chosen by guest juror Lesley A. Martin, publisher of Aperture Foundation’s book program — who will exhibit more than 40 images.

“The really great thing about this show is there’ll be more than one piece from each artist’s body of work,” says Lana Z. Caplan, who is showing four photographs from her series exploring sites of public execution around the world.

Pieces in the show focus on family, such as Mariliana Arvelo’s photographs of her grandmother, Martine Fougeron’s images of her two sons, and Molly Landreth’s exploration of same-sex couples. Other photographers turn their lenses on war. Claire Beckett gained access to military training spaces in the United States for her series Simulating Iraq. Ellen Susan sets up portraits of soldiers, using a historical wet plate process to achieve a grainy look. Benjamin Lowry climbed inside an army Humvee to capture moments in Iraq through the window. Marta Labad crumples up famous historical war images and photographs them.

Other featured works include the abstract photography of Cree Bruins and Talie Chetrit and the consumer critiques of Clint Baclawski, Eric Percher, and Erik Schubert.

EXPOSURE: The Annual PRC Juried Exhibition opens Thursday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Wednesday, July 2. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for students and $2 for seniors. The gallery is free for members of the BU community and for children under 18. For more information about the PRC and this exhibition, visit www.prcboston.org and www.prcboston.org/juriedexhibition.htm.

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