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The Pretend Villages by Christopher Sims

  • 6PM, November 4, 2021, Artist talk and book signing, Perkins Library Room 217

The Pretend Villages, on view October 23, 2021 - February 27, 2022 in the Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery, documents the inhabitants and structures of imagined, fabricated Iraqi and Afghan villages on the training grounds of U.S. military bases. Christopher Sims photographed in these surprising and fantastical realms from 2005 to 2018 as U.S. wars abroad fluctuated in intensity. With this book, he presents an archival record of “enemy” village life that is as convincingly accurate and comically misdirected as it is mundane and nightmarish. Read more