War and Consequences is a deeply personal exhibition pairing the work of Marine Scout/Sniper Julian Chinana in one exhibit with images made by Syrian refugee children taught by Brendan Bannon, in another.
Julina Chinana’s images take you beneath the surface of the soldier’s war experience to make clear that its effects must be navigated beyond the battlefield. Using his experiences in the Marine Corps as the basis of his work, Chinana visually represents his personal emotions and memories of combat. His work comments on the human element of war, the people behind the uniforms, and the complex effects of post-traumatic stress. Many of Julian’s “combat-centric” works include photographs which were taken during his service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brendan Bannon’s project with refugee children shows the consequence of a different war, Syria’s civil war. The pictures, made by children, demonstrate their will to live through the reverberations of trauma. Bannon’s work on the refugee crisis has been exhibited at the MoMA and at the Triennale di Milano. As the founder of mostimportantpicture.org, Bannon has taught photography in marginalized communities worldwide. He is also the founder of The Odyssey Workshops, in collaboration with CEPA Gallery.