Jennifer Karady’s "Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan"

Jennifer Karady’s long-term photographic project, Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan consists of staged narrative photographs that are collaborations between Jennifer and the veterans she photographs.
Before taking the photographs, Jennifer interviews the veterans to pinpoint a moment in war that has stayed with them, following them back into the civilian world. So the photographs present both the memory of war and how that memory has manifested itself in the present — in essence Jennifer is interested in conveying the experience of two realities at the same time, a common occurrence for those returning from war. Accompanying text and audio tells the story in the veterans’ own words. Jennifer’s project speaks to the humanity of the servicemen and women: ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances.

Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan was featured on the PBS NewsHour on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day and is currently on view in 
In Country: Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan at the Palm Springs Art Museum through March 29, 2015. 
Jennifer’s project, which is ongoing, has been funded by grants from the Compton Foundation and Getty Images; commissions from the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Institute of Humanities at the University of Michigan, and through an award of the 2013 Witt Artist-in-Residence position at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.


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