On July 16, the Miller Art Museum will unveil Landscape of Absence by Brandon Bauer, an exhibition that explores the ethical issues of terrorist propaganda imagery in the media. An opening reception will be held July 16, 5-6:30 pm, when visitors can meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

“Fragments of the Acceleration,” 2019, by Brandon Bauer.

Landscapes of Absence, on display through Sept. 12, examines the use of propaganda images in the absence of reliable and journalistically objective images from the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State at a time when the brutal beheadings of Western journalists and aid workers made it too dangerous to report from areas under terrorist control.

“Into the Woods,” woodcut, 2010, by Andrea Rich.

Bauer has used images drawn from eight beheading incidents disseminated through terrorist media outlets. The work erases the dehumanized image, leaving only the landscape and the absence of image as a metaphor for the larger issue of the absence of reliable reporting.

“Alabama Hills,” silver gelatin print, 1987, by William Lemke.

In conjunction with Landscapes of Absence, the museum will also present No Interference: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection, an exhibit of 20 works by various artists that depict landscapes devoid of human interference.

“Snow and Ice,” digital photograph, 1999, by Robert Rashid.

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“Downstream, Series #5,” watercolor, 1985, by Wendell Arneson.