Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Front Room Contemporary Art Gallery
May 17 – June 9
Sean Hemmerle
Three Generations of High Explosives

The Front Room Gallery of Contemporary Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
The Front Room Gallery
The Front Room Gallery of Contemporary Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Sean Hemmerle went to Afghanistan in the earlier part of this year to document the results of the recent American bombing campaign. Entirely self-sponsored, Hemmerle traveled throughout Northern Afghanistan with a sixteen year-old boy as his guide. It was during this time that Daniel Pearl was abducted and the war had shifted south, to Kandahar.

The resulting photographs depict a country devastated by almost three decades of war. Hemmerle's large, color prints of battlefields and minefields are shown with a group of black and white portraits of Afghani men. The results are as austere and beautiful as the people and places visited. Majestic landscapes dotted by bomb craters, ancient neighborhoods reduced to rubble, discarded tank carcasses, a school leveled by 'smart bombs': the action is just a moment in the past, and herein lie the most immediate remnants of savagery.

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