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Conflicts

Frank Ward | Yugoslavia

Sniper's View
Mostar and Sarajevo, Bosnia

This series of pictures from Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia and Serbia were originally made on four trips to the former Yugoslavia between 1996 and 2000. They were created with the support of the Friends of Bosnia/ Center for Balkan Development and the Packard Foundation. These war zone triptychs serve as a visual manifesto on militarism, nationalism, and their aftermath.

Approximately a third of the pictures were originally exhibited throughout the United States and Europe in three shows—

Zones of Separation, Bosnia 95-96.
Bosnia: Toward the Future, About the Past.
Reconstructing Kosovo: War, Reconstruction, Reconciliation 1999-2000.

This current collection of war zone triptychs is an effort to reevaluate my experience of war and its aftermath. 

Original prints are 13X40 inches framed.


 

Forty years ago my video professor at the University of Massachusetts offered me a summer job making slide shows. I asked for an advance to buy a still camera and became a professional. Soon after that I met an Italian philanthropist who sponsored me while I created slide shows in Asia (1973-74 and 1978-79). I continue to travel in Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2012, I was a US Department of State Cultural Envoy to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan presenting lectures and workshops in photography. In 2011, I received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for my photography in the former Soviet Union. My first trip to Tibet was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Rotary Foundation has funded my photography in India. I have a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Bard College. My mother continues to be amazed that I am a photographer and Professor of Art at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts.

 

 

Frank Ward

fmward@gmail.com

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