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With wars raging in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, East Africa, Central Asia, and beyond, we seem to live in a time of perpetual armed conflict. Antiwar films have drawn attention to the horrors of war and the physical and mental devastation it inflicts on both soldiers and civilians. This panel discussion with renowned scholars, activists, artists, and curators continues the dialogue about this urgent topic.


Jens Hoffmann is Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum and Curator for Special Programs, New York Jewish Film Festival. He has curated more than 50 exhibitions internationally since the late 1990s, including the 2nd San Juan Triennial (2009), the 12th Istanbul Biennale (2012-13). He was the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco (2007-12) and Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (2003-7).


Kent Jones is Director of the New York Film Festival and a widely published film critic. In 2007 a collection of his writings, Physical Evidence, was published by Wesleyan University Press, and he recently edited the first English-language volume of writings on Olivier Assayas, published by FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Jones has collaborated for many years on documentaries with Martin Scorsese, beginning with My Voyage to Italy (2001) on which he served as co-writer. He and Scorsese co-wrote and co-directed A Letter to Elia (2010), an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning film about Elia Kazan. Scorsese was the producer and narrator of Jones’s 2007 documentary about Val Lewton, The Man in the Shadows.

Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. She has produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad. In 2012, she presented a new series of photographs, taken during her trip to Cuba in January 1981, and in November, she presented the Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA. In 2013, her book of essays, Culture Class, which deals with the role of artists in cities and gentrification, was published by e-flux and Sternberg Press. Most recently, she produced the exhibition and public project Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

Harrell Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at SF MoMA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wattis Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. From 2002-09 Fletcher co-produced the participatory website Learning to Love You More with Miranda July. Fletcher is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. His exhibition and participatory project The American War originated in 2005 at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, and traveled to many venues. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Trevor Paglen's work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen's visual work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions. He is the author of five books and many articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality. His most recent book, The Last Pictures, is a meditation on the intersections of deep-time, politics, and art. Paglen has received grants and awards from the Smithsonian, Art Matters, Artadia, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other awards. He lives and works in New York.