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Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden

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Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden
April 11, 2017 5:30 pm
April 11, 2017 7:00 pm
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Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Art Annex

Lisa Barnard, award-winning documentary photographer and lecturer at the University of South Wales, will discuss the ‘unholy alliance’ between the military, the entertainment industry and technology, and their coalescence around modern-day warfare. As Fredric Jameson famously observed in 1991 “the underside of culture is blood, torture, death and horror.” Focusing on her recent book, Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden (2014), Barnard will explore the complex relationship between these apparently divergent arenas and how the screen is pivotal to the emergence and ongoing development in the relationship between war, media and industry as they relate to the virtual and the real. Shifting from screen to landscape and incorporating imagery from disparate yet indelibly connected areas including Las Vegas, Waziristan, Washington and Hollywood, her work questions photojournalism’s ‘truth claims’ and the indecipherable, all-consuming nature of the industrial-military complex.

Along with her recent book, Barnard has published Chateau Despair (2012) and shown her work in a variety of solo and group exhibitions such as Virtual Iraq (2009), Maggie (2010), and Theatres of War (2007). She is a recipient of the Albert Renger-Patzsch Award for photography.

This event is sponsored by Religious Studies, The Davis Humanities Institute, American Studies,
Art History, Design, The Graduate Group in the Study of Religion

For more information please contact: fmiller@ucdavis.edu

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