Aftermath: The Fallout of War
America and the Middle East

August 16, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America and the Middle East, organized by the Harn Museum of Art, brings together the work of twelve international photographers and artists offering a closer look at armed conflict through images of refugees, loss, history, environmental dangers, and veterans from the U.S. and Middle East. Artists in the exhibition are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy, and Simon Norfolk.

The exhibition includes ninety photographs, two videos and an educational touch table, each depicting the conditions, and voices, of people and environments caught in war’s wake, from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Israel and America. Together the images in Aftermath urge a reflection on loss, offer a comparison of the past in relation to the present, and encourage visitors to ask what the future may hold.

Aftermath expands new territories largely unexamined in traditional war coverage by twelve artists that combine rigorous journalism with fine art sensibilities. Each photographer also claims an oblique, moral imperative that cautions viewers against binary thinking (us/them; good/bad), urging instead a wider consciousness and compassion toward the repercussions of war for all involved.

The exhibition is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harn 25th Anniversary Fund, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the University of Florida Office of Research, the John Early Publication Endowment, and the Joanne L. and Edward R. Block Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment.

Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America and the Middle East will travel to the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio from January to April 2017; and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, affiliated with Florida State University, from September 2017 to January 2018.



Exhibition Catalogue

Available in the Harn Store

A fully illustrated catalogue include essays by Harn Museum curator Carol McCusker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dexter Filkins, Phil Klay, Aida Hozić, Terje Østebø, and Phillip Prodger, as well as poems by Lisa Suhair Majaj and Kirun Kapur.

Educator Resource

This downloadable file provides teachers with ready-to-use materials for exploring the exhibition in the classroom—artist and background information, high-quality images, discussion themes, suggested lessons, and additional print and video resources. Language Arts, Social Studies and Visual Arts teachers are invited to explore the exhibition and resources further during an educator workshop on September 17. Visit the K-12 Educators page for more information and registration instructions.







Past Events



Stephen Dupont
Aftermath Photographer  
Oct. 5, 6 pm

Jennifer Karady & Rania Matar
Aftermath Photographers
Oct. 23, 2 pm

Debbie Lisle
International Relations Scholar
Oct. 30, 2 pm 

Veterans Panel Discussion 
Sept. 25, 2 pm 

Children in Wartime
Oct. 2, 3 pm 

Gallery Talk

Carol McCusker 
Curator of Photography 
Sept. 11, 3 pm

Matthew Jacobs
UF History Professor & US-Middle East Relations Specialist
Nov. 6, 3 pm

Museum Nights 
War's Aftermath - A Shared Humanity
Sept. 8, 6 - 9 pm 


Image credits

Rania Matar, Open Suitcase, Bint Jbeil Lebanon, 2006 from the series What Remains.
Eman Mohammed, Mohammed Khader feeds pigeons in front of hish house, which was destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive that ended in January, in Jabaliya, nothern Gaza Strip, 16 March 2009.
Simon Norfolk, Date Grove along Haifa Street, Atifya, Northern Baghdad, April 2003. 
John Burke, Major Cavagnari, C.S.I. and chief Sirdars with Kunar Syud, 1878, from the series Burke + Norfolk, 2009-2011.
Simon Norfolk, Future Leadership of Afghan Air Force with Maj. Jason A Church, U.S. Marines, 2011, from the series Burke + Norfolk. 
Lynsey Addario, Kawrkos Camp, Northern Iraq, August 20, 2013. 
Lynsey Addario, Waiting to Be Transported, Syrian Refugee, Northern Iraq, August 20, 2013.
Stephen Dupont, Kabul, 2006, From the series "Axe Me Biggie" or Mr. Take My Picture
Stephen Dupont, Kabul, 2006, From the series "Axe Me Biggie" or Mr. Take My Picture
Stephen Dupont, Kabul, 2006, From the series "Axe Me Biggie" or Mr. Take My Picture