Ashley Gilbertson
 

Ashley Gilbertson
    "Dangerous Ground"


                        
January 14, 2014 – March 11, 2014

Opening reception: Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs through March 11, 2014

To mark the exhibit’s opening, Ashley and Anna Van Lenten, photo curator at The Half King, will screen a slideshow, and discuss the stories and context of Ashley’s images.


On January 14, Ashley Gilbertson’s photo exhibit "Dangerous Ground" will open at The Half King. Ashley’s project centers on a WWII-era ship grounded on a shoal in the South China Sea. Despite its disintegrated state, LT 47—and nearby islands—are continually manned by the Philippine military to dissuade Chinese occupation. In turn, Chinese Coast Guard and Navy attempt to prevent the Philippines supplying the outposts. At issue are the reserves of oil and gas in the seabed, and control of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

To mark the exhibit’s opening, Ashley and Anna Van Lenten, photo curator at The Half King, will screen a slideshow, and discuss the stories and context of Ashley’s images.
 
"Ashley’s crystal blue seascapes contrast so jarringly with the geopolitics playing out in the shadows," says Half King Curator Anna Van Lenten. “This is a deadlock between two vastly unequal forces—until you factor in the U.S., whose defense treaty with the Philippines, and need for proxies to build its Pacific presence, make a tiny standoff a potential flashpoint with China.”

Ashley Gilbertson, a freelance photographer, worked in Iraq from 2002-08 and won the 2004 Robert Capa Gold Medal award for his Falluja photos. His 2007 book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, reached Amazon’s Top 100. "Bedrooms of the Fallen," depicting the intact bedrooms of service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, was awarded an ASME in 2011 and will be published as a book in 2014. Gilbertson continues to examine such veterans’ issues as PTSD and war-motivated-suicide for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and other outlets.

 

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photojournalism. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

 

 

The Half King photography series is curated by James Price and Anna Van Lenten



Previous exhibitions at The Half King