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Thursday, February 26, 2015

“Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited” at Fairfield University


"Eden in the Mekong," Craig Barber
 
FAIRFIELD -  Fairfield University’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery will present “Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited,” on view from March 26  through June 6, according to a release.

The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 26, the release said.
 The exhibition is of 46 prints by photographer and ex-combat Marine Craig J. Barber, the release said.
 
It "was organized by George Eastman House International Museum
of Photography and Film. Barber spent 20 months in Vietnam as a teenager and returned three times to traverse many of his former military routes with an 8 x10 pinhole camera," the release said.
"His return to the land where he once fought resulted in a dreamlike and introspective study of place."

“Memory runs deep in my veins as I wind my way along narrow dirt paths and bamboo groves, past straw houses and barking dogs,” Barber has written of the experience, according to the release. “More than once, as I wander the small hamlets, I have felt on patrol, the weight of my pack reminiscent of those days and the tripod feeling like a weapon. But now I am searching for images instead of ‘Charlie.’”


 
Barber lives in the Hudson Valley and teaches photograph workshops throughout the United States and Europe, the release said..

"Accompanying the exhibition is a 60-page catalog of the same title, with an essay by Nordström (Umbrage Editions, 2006).
A talk by the artist, which is free and open to all, will take place in the Walsh Art Gallery on March 26, 2015, at 5 p.m., just prior to the exhibition opening reception."

The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one hour before, and during intermission of Quick Center for the Arts performances. Admission is always free., the release said.

For more information, call the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at (203) 254-4062, or visit www.fairfield.edu/walshgallery.

The gallery is in the Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Conn.

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