Odyssey/Warriors Come Home
At CEPA, veterans share photographic reflections of war and its aftermath
Dan Mitchell, Self Portrait with Coyote
“For me, photography was a passport out of a series of my own traumatic experiences, and into the world at large,” says photographer/curator Brendan Bannon, who created the Odyssey project as a way for veterans to tell their stories and forge connections with others. Partnering with the Veteran’s One-stop Center of WNY, CEPA Gallery invited veterans identified by the center to participate in twelve-week workshops utilizing photography, peer support, and artist/educator mentoring. The results can be seen at CEPA Gallery; they include four floors of traditional photography as well as seven-foot-high cyanotypes that show self-portraits of the veterans with objects that add meaning and identity. The struggle of veterans to reintegrate into civilion life is largely ignored by society at large; this project and exhibition serves the dual purpose of providing an outlet for these men and women as well as making their experiences more immediate for the general public.
The exhibition is up through December 28 at CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street. Visit cepagallery.org for more information.