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Virtual Talk: Photo Documentarian Brendan Hoffman, Brotherland: War in Ukraine


Tuesday, November 16, 2021



Brendan Hoffman (b. 1980, Albany, NY, USA) is a documentary photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in themes of identity, history, politics, and the environment.

His recent focus has been on Ukraine, beginning with the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Kyiv, from which his pictures were published and exhibited widely, and continuing with extensive coverage of the war in eastern Ukraine.

Since protests in Kyiv drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power in February 2014, eastern Ukraine has been convulsed by a Russian-led insurgency that evolved into a full-fledged war.

After seven years, the war grinds on, stuck in an uneasy stalemate while delivering a steady stream of death and injury. For civilians, conflict is like the weather, an uncontrollable condition of the environment with which one must contend daily. Everyone continues their business as best they can with a practiced sense of normalcy, revealing the remarkable human ability to adapt and carry on.

The difficult truth is that if war can happen in Donbas, it can happen anywhere.

Brendan has worked on assignment in more than twenty countries for clients including National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, TIME, Getty Images, The Washington Post, Newsweek, NPR, Al Jazeera, and USA Today.

Work on display: October 16 – December 16, Black Hawk Hall Corridor

Virtual Talk with Brendan Hoffman: 12:00pm Tuesday, November 16 via Zoom

Virtual Reality (VR) Exhibit Experience: Black Hawk Hall Corridor

  • Tuesday, November 9, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, November10, 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Thursday, November 11, 2:00 – 5:00pm

Instructors may arrange an alternative time for students to view the exhibit with the VR headset. Contact Lindsay Buehler for details.

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