Exhibition: ONE PERSON CRYING: Women and WarAll images copyright Marissa Roth<br />
All images copyright Marissa Roth


Marissa Roth

Approaching the 80th Anniversary of the fateful start of World War II, September 1, 1939, ONE PERSON CRYING: Women and War, takes an unflinching and thought-provoking look at the most under-reported aspect of conflicts and warfare, that of the role of women on the home front. This potent exhibition by Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Marissa Roth is a photographic essay with a global historical reach that highlights universal themes; life, death, survival, hope and the passing of time. It reveals how women have managed to brave and overcome the immediate and lingering challenges of war, for themselves, their families, their cultures and their countries. Roth states, “The project brought me face to face with hundreds of women who endured and survived war and it’s ancillary experiences of loss, pain and unimaginable hardship.” ONE PERSON CRYING: Women and War, addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women.

This exhibition spans generations, from Yugoslavia in 1942 to Syria in 2018, as echoed by Roth’s 34-year journey of documentation, interviewing and photographing women survivors. Her photographic subjects cover numerous wars, conflicts and massacres: The Holocaust/1939-1945; Novi Sad Massacre, Yugoslavia/1942; Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre, France/1944; Hiroshima, Japan/1945; The Siege of Berlin/1945; Vietnam-American War/1963-1975; Northern Ireland/1969-2000; Cambodia-Khmer Rouge/1975-1979; Afghanistan-Soviet Union/1979-1989; Srebrenica Massacre, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia and Serbia /1992-1995; Kosovo/1996-1999; Iraq/2002-2011, Afghanistan/2002-Present; Sudan/1983-2005 and Syria/2011-present.

The exhibition includes text panels with facts and background about each subject, providing historical context relevant to the highlighted challenges women faced, also revealing the effects of warfare on civilian populations, from guns and explosives to chemical and nuclear warfare, and rape as a tool of war. The interspersion of the women’s stories of survival, heartbreak, and resilience provides a compelling counterpoint to the portraits and relevant site photographs in the exhibition. Moving from devastation and loss, the exhibition provides a testament to women’s capacity to survive and forge new lives.

The exhibition was curated by Howard Spector, Los Angeles, CA, co-director of the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), an NGO consultant, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Dept. of Education.


Exhibition Content
95 Framed Images- 94 silver gelatin photographs, plus 11 text panels
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2013 through 2024215 (A) - 270 (B)TBA 9 cratesInquire
Venues »InstitutionLocationDates
 The Museum of ToleranceLos Angeles, California  August 16, 2012 to October 25, 2012
 Willy-Brandt-HausBerlin, Germany  March 7 - April 4, 2013
 Centre de la memoire d'OradourOradour-sur-Glane, France  June 2013 - April 30, 2014
 Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project / The HighGroundNeillsville, Wisconsin  June 1 - September 4, 2014
 Venice ArtsVenice, California  January 6 to March 12, 2015