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Legacy of an Ecocide: Agent Orange Aftermath

September 12–October 28, 2009

Award-winning photographer Petronella J. Ytsma's "Legacy of an Ecocide" evolved from a project she started on 2007, when she began documenting the after-effects of Agent Orange/Dioxin during the Vietnam War, 1961-1971. Her photographs capture some of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the war generation.

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The black-and-white photographs document the deformities and maladies suffered by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the war generation. Vividly real, shockingly beautiful, the photos entice viewers to stare — and then dare them to look away.

Ytsma speaks of the “sacredness” of working with the children. “They have something extremely profound to offer."

“I am compelled by their life force, their beauty and resilience in the face of all odds. For them and millions of others, that war is not over. They cannot close their eyes to it and simply move on.”

Artist Reception:
Sat., Sep. 12/ 6-8 p.m.

Sun., Sep. 27/ 2-4 p.m.
Symposium Poster