Jan. 29 – March 15, 2018
WAR-TOYS is an ongoing series by Los Angeles-based artist Brian McCarty. Since 2011, McCarty has been traveling to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to conduct art-based interviews with children who have been affected by armed conflict. With the help of specialized therapists and caregivers, the children were asked questions and were invited to create pictures of their lives and experiences. McCarty reinterprets these events by photographing locally found toys placed in the actual locations described by the children.
On view Jan. 29 – March 16, 2018, the exhibition at UHCL will showcase 17 of the children’s drawings presented alongside 21 of McCarty’s photographs. The result is series of personal accounts that offer a rare yet fascinating insight into the contemporary experience of Palestinian and Israeli boys and girls. The drawings and reinterpreted photographs convey the horrors of rocket attacks, air strikes, gunfire and explosions that are all too familiar in strife-prone areas. The vivid imagery gives voice to the innocent who might not otherwise have had a channel for their personal account to be heard. The exhibition at the UHCL Art Gallery marks the first solo exhibition in Texas for McCarty.
“WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip” at the UHCL Art Gallery will be presented as part of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial Participating Spaces program. This exhibition is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.