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The inclusion of detailed facts and statistics about each conflict provide historical context for understanding of Roth’s photographs. The exhibition flows from images and stories of devastation, loss, torture, death, and survival, to ones presenting a more hopeful, positive future. The last sequences depict women with their young children, and finally just the children, many who were born of war, but who can now look forward to lives in hopefully more peaceful times.
The exhibition was curated by Howard Spector, Los Angeles, CA, co-director of the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), an NGO consultant, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Dept. of Education. “Many of us, who have watched the unrelenting, horrific images of faraway wars on television or in the newspaper, don’t understand or have become desensitized to the long-term effects these conflicts have on the lives of those who endure them. Marissa Roth has brought a compassionate vision and understanding to the women she presents to us. Her photographs and collected stories are compelling documents of lives both physically and psychically altered by these experiences. Roth approaches her subjects with an empathetic eye and heart, and portrays them with dignity and respect,” said Spector.
Roth’s previous exhibitions include: “In Hollywood" and "Downtown Los Angeles: Inside/Out", 2009; “An Evening with Marissa Roth”, 2008; “Witness to Truth” Portraits of Holocaust Survivors, 2005; “Caught in the Crossfire: Women and War”, 2001; “Inside/Out: Downtown Los Angeles”, 2000;and “Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines”, 1999.
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times senior international affairs writer and former correspondent in the Balkans, Chechnya, Afghanistan and Iraq commented: “Marissa Roth’s images of women who’ve survived war are alternately disturbing, inspiring and illuminating of the staggering burdens borne by those fighting with their hearts and minds to protect home and family. The battle to restore normalcy drags on for years after the shooting stops, and women’s forced roles as provider and protector forever transforms their relationships and family status when the men, whether victorious or vanquished, stagger back home.”
The exhibition is included with your Museum admission.