What happens when communication during war is snarled by language barriers? This quandary and its effects in the Iraq war was captured in photograph, film and personal accounts by embedded journalist Brian Palmer. The results can be seen in the exhibition, Improvisation as Strategy: Scenes from an Iraq Embedded, at Adelphi University.
The show features over 70 photographs, excerpts of journal entries from his personal experiences, a looping documentary made by Palmer plus looping extra film footage and photographs not included in the show. A screening of the documentary, Full Disclosure will be held on Feb. 7 at 4:15pm at the Ruth S. Harley University Center’s Thomas Lovely Dixon Ballroom at Adelphi. A Q&A with Palmer follows at 5:30pm with a reception held from 5:45 to 8pm.
The art exhibition remains on view through February 20. The show is presented in two galleries: The Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery and the Fine Arts Exhibition Hall in the Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts.
Palmer followed US Marines on dozens of missions during three embeds in Iraq from 2004 and 2006, according to Adelphi. He continued documenting the war and its human cost through 2009. Full Disclosure was completed in 2009. It premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2010.