SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is hosting a new photography and video museum titled "Aftermath: The Fallout of War-America and the Middle East."
On display will be 90 photographs and two videos by 12 international artists that explore the aspects of the aftermath of 9/11 and the United State's intervention in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
"The purpose of the show is to get us to empathize with a lot of the suffering and the trauma that's happened since the intervention of those wars," says Christopher Jones, Curator of photography and New Media at The Ringling.
The exhibit will also provide scheduled events with speakers that will engage with visitors about the topic. One of those speakers will be Rania Matar, a featured photographer and Lebanese-American. Other speakers include veteran groups and veterans that will share their personal journeys.
"We're hoping to engage our community with a lot of different perspectives and experiences to help them have a broader insight into what's been happening over the last 15 years or so," said Jones.
But the event is not politically themed. "This is not about who's right, who's wrong, who's the good guy, who's the bad guy...it's a human story," said organizer and Harn Museum Curator Carol McCusker.
The exhibit will open October 15 until January 21, 2018.