January 28, 2016 at SF Camerawork in San Francisco.
Ethan Rafal: “Shock and Awe”
Thursday, January 28, 2016
6 – 8 PM
Please join us for an evening of artist talks, performances, pies, and book signings with photographers Amber Hoy and Ethan Rafal on Thursday, January 28th from 6 – 8 PM.
In 2006, Amber Hoy deployed to Iraq as an ammunition specialist. Her work explores questions of military service through the use of photographs, stories, and abstractions: images and words point to each other, providing and withholding clues. In this work, she speaks to incidences of trauma, sexism and racism, combining images of past and present showing the slippage between military and civilian life colliding, communicating, and unraveling.
Ethan Rafals twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay, “Shock and Awe,” is a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. Completed over countless years traveling the United States, the project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road.
The “Shock and Awe Book Tour” returns the journal to the people and places depicted, bringing author, subject, and viewer into an exploration of the total meaning of the work. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the performance for “Shock and Awe” is equal parts story-telling, show-and-tell, and group discussion, presented with ample cast-iron pie and whiskey.