OCT 19- NOV 9 2018: MY LAI FIFTY YEARS AFTER / 6TH ANNUAL VETERANS ART EXHIBIT

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll

Friday, October 19, 6 - 9 PM

Exhibit Dates: October 19- November 9

 

ART ACCESS GALLERY

My Lai Fifty Years After

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by John Steele

In November 2006 I was given a Poem “The Enemy Maker: How to Make an Enemy” written by Jungian Philosopher Sam Keen that changed my life forever. It became the catalyst for my returning to Vietnam after four plus decades. My purpose was to photograph what none of us could allow ourselves to see during the war, the Vietnamese people as Human Beings. My project title was “What I Could Not See,” it’s what none of us could see. The second of five trips captured the 40th Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre and interviewed four survivors.This past March 16, 2018 was the 50th Anniversary of My Lai, an event much different from the 40th Memorial due to the World watching and waiting to see/hear if the United States would acknowledge what took place there and it’s part in the massacre. The US stepped up to the plate for the 50th Anniversary Ceremony by having the first US Official to attend any My Lai ceremony, the US Ambassador to Vietnam and his wife. The Ambassador and his wife participated in the ceremony by placing flowers at the monument -- a step in the right direction! Ronald Haeberle, the US Army photographer who was embedded with Lt. Calley’s men that March morning 50 years ago in My Lai, was also there. I cannot imagine what was going through his mind. He placed flowers at the My Lai Monument but was not introduced as the other dignitaries were.

 

 

 

ACCESS II GALLERY

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6th Annual Veterans Art Exhibit

As a veteran I know full well that things are never the same when we come back. As a veteran with PTS I know that when I walk away I may not remember what I just saw. The world around us has so many details. Capturing a moment in time that I found to be beautiful is important. Being able to share the moment that I wanted to remember, is precious.  A photograph freezes that moment in time that otherwise could be lost forever.  

-D. Murphy

 



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