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Israel’s Civilians of Terrorism: the X-Ray Project Opens at Stanford

Posted by challahbackgirl on September 4, 2007

X-Ray Project: Inside Terrorism, Diane Covert, Israel, Jersualem, Ct Scan

Today’s news reports report on terrorism so often that we often become numb to the impact it has at the individual level. Photographer Diane Covert isn’t letting this numbness take hold, but rather created an exhibit that has been touring America this year. It’s first West Coast stop is Stanford’s School of Medicine, where it opens today, and it will be at San Jose State University in November as part of a two week long series of events: Inside Global Terrorism – From Personal Impacts to World Responses.

Covert’s X-Ray Project spotlights the civilian survivors of suicide bombing attacks through X-rays and CT Scans from Jerusalem’s two largest hospitals: Shaare Tzedek and Hadassah Hospitals. These we’re people who were out eating pizza, dancing at a wedding or riding a bus home from work, when their lives were forever changed by a terrorist’s bomb. You can hear from the artist herself at today’s opening reception (information below).

Since I’m short on time, here’s what Stanford’s School of Medicine’s news release had to say:

The images pack a powerful message, not through blood and gore, but by their simplicity. One shows the watch worn by a suicide bomber that ended up embedded in the neck of a victim. Another shows hex nuts that ended up in someone’s pelvis. These are the stories of real people who have survived terrorist attacks.

Covert emphasized that, although she obtained these images from the two largest hospitals in Jerusalem, her exhibit transcends nationality, religion and gender.

“They represent a broad cross-section of humanity,” she said on the project’s Web site. Terrorism’s victims are commuters on the London underground and the trains of Madrid; they are celebrants at a wedding in Amman, Jordan and a bat mitzvah in Hadera, Israel; and they are workers in the World Trade Center in New York City. “The victims of terrorism, worldwide, are ordinary people going about their lives,” she said.

The medical school has scheduled several events related to the exhibit. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

What: “Inside Terrorism: The X-Ray Project” exhibit.
When: Sept. 4-14. Open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The lobby of Fairchild Auditorium, Stanford School of Medicine, 291 Campus Drive

What: Reception and discussion with artist Diane Covert
When: Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Fairchild Auditorium

What: Pediatric grand rounds, “Young victims of violence: The aftermath of trauma on the psychological well-being of children.” Presented by Victor Carrion, MD, associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and child development
When: Sept. 7, 8 a.m.
Where: Fairchild Auditorium

What: “Remembering worldwide terrorist victims” memorial
When: Sept. 11, noon
Where: Fairchild Auditorium

Thanks to the sponsors for bringing this exhibit to Stanford, you can still help Hillel of Silicon Valley expose students to the impacts of terrorisms.

Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology at Stanford Univeristy School of Medicine, Lane Medical Library, EdTech Services, Stanford Medical Students Association, Radiology Interest Group at Stanford, Stanford Jewish Medical Students Association, Jewish Community Relations Council, The David Project, StandWithUs, Israel Peace Initiative

Look for the X-ray project that these locations in the coming months:

  • Stanford University School of Medicine: September 3-15 2007
  • Stanford University: October 28th – November 2nd
  • San Jose State University:November 4th to 16th

2 Responses to “Israel’s Civilians of Terrorism: the X-Ray Project Opens at Stanford”

  1. lchaimlover said

    At Stanford Med School the exhibit was poorly set up, but the pictures were profound.

  2. […] Inside Terrorism is a photography exhibit which uses actual X-rays and CT-scans from the two largest hospitals in Jerusalem to explore the most important social issue of our time: the effects of terrorism on a civilian population. […]

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