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The 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Photographs by James Nachtwey and Kevin Bubriski

January 23, 2016, through March 13, 2016
Kevin Bubriski, Anisha Shresta is 7 years old and in the second grade. She and her brother Ganesh walk through the ruins in Charikot twice a day to get from their house to the school, 2015, archival pigment digital print. Courtesy of the artist. © Kevin B

Kevin Bubriski, Anisha Shresta is 7 years old and in the second grade. She and her brother Ganesh walk through the ruins in Charikot twice a day to get from their house to the school, 2015, archival pigment digital print. Courtesy of the artist. © Kevin Bubriski

Kevin Bubriski, Latna Maya and her husband spent long days sorting bricks from their collapsed house. Broken pieces went to the left; usable bricks she lovingly stacked to the right, Bhaktapur, Nepal, 2015, archival pigment digital print.

Kevin Bubriski, Latna Maya and her husband spent long days sorting bricks from their collapsed house. Broken pieces went to the left; usable bricks she lovingly stacked to the right, Bhaktapur, Nepal, 2015, archival pigment digital print. Courtesy of the artist. © Kevin Bubriski

Kevin Bubriski, Members of the Nepalese Army assisted in the demolition of unsafe shops and houses on top of Swayambhunath Hill. The ancient stupa, or shrine, in the background, suffered no major damage, 2015, archival pigment digital print.

Kevin Bubriski, Members of the Nepalese Army assisted in the demolition of unsafe shops and houses on top of Swayambhunath Hill. The ancient stupa, or shrine, in the background, suffered no major damage, 2015, archival pigment digital print. Courtesy of the artist. © Kevin Bubriski

In the spring of 2015, just days after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Gorkha District and surrounding areas in Nepal, photojournalist James Nachtwey ’70 documented the immediate aftermath among these devastated communities, both in urban centers and in mountain villages only accessible by helicopter. Six weeks later, photographer Kevin Bubriski arrived in Kathmandu and captured the rebuilding of a city and the resilience of its people. A few of those images by each photographer are on view in this exhibition.
This installation was created as part of the Nepal Earthquake Summit at Dartmouth (February 18–20, 2016) and was made possible by the Harrington Gallery Fund.
Curated by Katherine W. Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. & Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming / Nicole S. Williams, Exhibitions Coordinator

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