Anna Reich ::


Reich’s work with victims of the Nazi and Soviet Occupations that developed during her Fulbright Research Grant inspired a subsequent project with a focus narrowed to Lithuanian veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan, which was funded by an Artist as Activist Travel/Research Grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The resulting photographic project examines the lives of Lithuanian Veterans during the Soviet War in Afghanistan from 1979-1989 and through their reassimilation into Lithuanian society. This work is the culmination of 8 years of ongoing investigation into the psychological toll of war and trauma and a rarely seen perspective of life 20 years after combat experience. For three months, Reich interacted with 22 veterans in their homes and throughout their daily routines to create images that provide an intimate and unvarnished portrayal of their reality. Reich’s collaborator, The Lithuanian Association of Veterans of the Afghanistan War, is unique in its willingness and desire to research - and participate in research about - combat related stress, and promote awareness of PTSD – a subject historically taboo in post-Soviet societies. The book generated by this investigation, which features transcripts of interviews with each veteran, addresses the often overlooked lasting realities of war, opens a dialogue about coping with PTSD, and increases awareness of the psychological effects of war violence and trauma. The book provides insight into the experiences of not only the Lithuanian veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan, but also veterans from all countries formerly occupied by the Soviet Union who face the same struggles and challenges.


Afganai Index


copyright Anna Reich 2017