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War portraits

In the collective American imagination, the term "war photographer" brings up a certain image: a grizzled figure (usually a man) in a weathered flak jacket, waiting for the perfect shot in some shallow trench as mortar shells scream overhead. But that's not quite what the artist Jennifer Karady, whose solo exhibition of 15 portraits of war veterans opens Saturday in CEPA Gallery (617 Main St.), is about.

Instead of traveling to distant battlegrounds, Karady re-creates pivotal moments of battle or conflict chosen by vets in their own homes or everyday environments. The result is a series of stark portraits that attempt to juxtapose the acute dangers of war with the quotidian surroundings of home. In her work, she tries to bring the battleground to us. Karady's show, "In Country: Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan," will also feature a portrait of Western New York veteran Jeff Gramlich, which will be unveiled during a reception July 15.

Also opening Saturday in CEPA is an exhibition of two series of black-and-white photographs by Lori Nix, "The City" and "Unnatural History." Both shows run through Aug. 27. For more information, call 856-2717 or visit www.cepagallery.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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