“War is Only Half the Story” is the tenth-anniversary exhibition of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit, grant-making and educational organization that supports photographers documenting the aftermath of conflict. The exhibition highlights The Aftermath Project’s commitment to educating the public about the true cost of war and the real price of peace through visual storytelling that explores what it means for individuals to learn to live again, to cope with the lingering wounds of war, to rebuild lives and homes destroyed by conflict, to restore broken relationships and recreate civil societies.
Founder and director Sara Terry is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose own practice has focused on post-conflict societies. Her documentary, “Fambul Tok,” which grew out of her long-term still photography project about forgiveness traditions in post-conflict African countries, is about an unprecedented grassroots reconciliation program started by Sierra Leoneans to confront the atrocities of their 1991-2002 civil war, and to reintegrate perpetrators back into their communities.
Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography, for her long-term project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” Her first long-term post-conflict body of work, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” led her to found The Aftermath Project in 2003 on the premise that “War is Only Half the Story.” She has directed and produced two feature-length documentaries, Fambul Tok (2011) and FOLK (2013). Fambul Tok, which is about a groundbreaking grass-roots forgiveness program in Sierra Leone, premiered at SXSW in 2011, and grew out of her long-term photo project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” It was supported by the Sundance Documentary Institute and Chicken and Egg, and has been named one of the 100 best documentaries of all time by Paste magazine. Terry began making documentaries after a long, award-winning career in print journalism, public radio and documentary photography.
January – April 2018
This exhibit is free and open to the public 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday, as well as by appointment and when the Norton Center is open for concerts and related activities.