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The Unknown Soldier by David Jay

November 7th, 2017
9:00 AM



The Unknown Soldier by David Jay

The Unknown Soldier by David Jay

Fredric Jameson Gallery, Duke's East Campus
 November 7 - 17, 2017

Gallery Hours:
MON - FRI, 9 am - 6 pm
~ Open as well for scheduled talks and events ~

From November 7 – 17, 2017, Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics will host THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, the groundbreaking photography exhibit created by award-winning photographer David Jay. The exhibit will be held in the Fredric Jameson Gallery on the first floor of the Friedl Building on Duke’s East Campus.

I hope the images transcend the narrow and simplistic confines of “war” and encourage us to examine the way we engage each other – both friend and stranger – at its most basic, day-to-day level. —David Jay

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a series of large-scale photographs of young and severely wounded soldiers returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jay photographed his subjects in military hospitals, in their homes, and with their families, in an attempt to capture their lives following their injuries. “Ultimately,” writes Jay, THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER “is not about war. It presents an opportunity to open a dialogue about issues we are not necessarily comfortable with … and also issues that we are responsible for. The images can be uncomfortable for the viewer. It forces us to confront our fears and inhibitions about life, death, sexuality, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not always pretty. This is reality. Let’s address it.”

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David Jay

David Jay was born in Oakland, CA but has spent most of his life between Australia, California and New York City. He has been shooting fashion photography for ...

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