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Posted by Shea Lynch at 3:16PM   |  2 comments
The Veterans Book Project

Blog posting written by Shea Lynch, Documentary Studies '14, FLEFF Intern, Glens Falls, New York


The inspirational socio-documentarian and artist Monica Haller discussed her evolutionary work, The Veterans Book Project, Tuesday April 12.

Working along with graphic designer Matthew Rezac and software developer Mark Fox, Haller collaborates with many war veterans from the Afghan and Iraq wars. 

"The Veterans Book Project is a library of books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their printed format, the books provide a place or “container” that slows down and materializes the great quantity of ephemeral image files that live on veterans’ hard drives and in their heads.

Each book re-deploys volatile images with the aim of rearticulating and refashioning memories. It stands both independent of and in concert with the larger collection."

-The Veteran Book Project Website

The books can be accessed through PDF format on the website (click here) or available for purchase. This unique artistic exhibition is something everyone needs to be apart of!




I wanted to make it to this today but wasn't able to! Thank you for providing a link to the website! I went and checked it out and it seems very fascinating.

This project is absolutely fascinating. I was lucky enough to see Monica Haller present her project in a panel discussion on Tuesday night of FLEFF week. The books have a material presence that is so essential, I find that holding the books is an experience far different than moving through the PDFs or the pictures and writings themselves. As books these are the collected and archived experiences of our wars by those most intimately affected. Much more powerful than any newspapers or magazine articles, these are collaborative and intimate. They have unconcealed views and nothing is spared. In this way the perspectives create a diving in point for those reading to wrap our heads around and tease apart some of the most difficult questions of war. I am excited to see the work continued.

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