with Ashley Gilbertson
Jan. 23 – Jun. 21, 2015
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO
Ashley Gilbertson’s work is included in the group photography exhibition American Soldier on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
This exhibition explores the emotional and psychological impact of war, as pictured in over fifty photographs of American servicemen and women. These images, which date from the Civil War to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, connect past and present. Collectively, they have shaped the way we think about, and remember, the experience of military conflicts throughout history. Represented are men and women from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.
The photographs featured in American Soldier were made for a variety of different purposes. Photojournalism, documentary and artistic practices are all represented. Each of these contexts affects the way we interpret these photographs, as vehicles for reportage, political persuasion, instruction, and personal expression.
American Soldier prompts us to consider the many ways photographs convey both emotion and information, and appeal to our desire to understand the “facts” of complex situations. They have shaped our collective cultural memory of military conflicts, as well as the stories of those who have served our country during wartime.