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What We Think About Iraq

Artist Examines "What We Think Now" about Iraq

Opinions about Iraq war make up one of three exhibits at UCR/California Museum of Photography from August 5 through Oct. 8. A video installation begins the same night next door at the Sweeney

(August 1, 2006)


JONATHAN HOLLINGSWORTH, "Joseph, San Francisco," 2004, Courtesy of the artist, copyright 2006

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The focus is on the young in two of the three new exhibits opening at UCR/California Museum of Photography on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Jonathan Hollingsworth uses large-scale digital prints of young Californians holding signs expressing opinions about U.S. involvement in Iraq, both for and against. That same night, Hollingsworth will launch his recently-published book of the collected pictures from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Signed copies will be available.

"His subjects deliver a surprising and diverse range of responses through remarks handwritten on poster board," said Ciara Ennis, curator at UCR/CMP. "The bold placards and sloganeering are immediately reminiscent of the protests and demonstrations that were seen during the deeply divisive Vietnam War over 40 years ago," she said.

The subjects are known only by their slogans, their first names and locations, but they represent a variety of opinions.

o Jimmy from Westwood, who is framed by the racks of colorful magazines, writes: "We Broke International Law. Punish Us."

o "I think it's good we're in Iraq because it will start to bring more equality and freedom to the people" remarks Katrina from Huntington Beach sitting cross legged next to her surfboard.

o "I have an opinion...but I choose not to share due to my allegiance to the US military," states Brian from Palmdale, pictured in front of his white sedan with window sticker supporting President Bush's 2004 reelection.

The exhibition demonstrates how much is at stake in the current conflict in Iraq, and it underscores the importance of asking questions, and recording the answers.

Two other artists will also be featured at the museum.

Alex Soth's Sleeping by the Mississippi is a highly-acclaimed photographic travelogue along the Mississippi River, from a frozen Minnesota to humid Louisiana.

Lise Sarfati's American Series is a slide loop presentation of adolescents in suburbia, set to electronica music. She captures the isolated worlds of teenagers, filled with self-consciousness and longing.

Next door, the UCR/Sweeney Art Gallery will open video installations from Los Angeles artists Ben Prushkin and Melissa Longenecker that fuse text, imagery, and sound to explore psychological landscapes. Ben Pruskin will exhibit "Le Chateau Des Choses Sauvages." Melissa Longenecker will exhibit "Harvest."


JONATHAN HOLLINGSWORTH, "Lauren, Los Angeles," 2005, Courtesy of the artist, copyright 2006

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LISE SARFATI, "Rose #56, Austin, Texas, 2003," Courtesy of Lise Sarfati/Magnum Photos


ALEC SOTH, "Charles, Vasa, Minnesota," 2002, Courtesy of Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

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