On January 15, 2011 the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University will open Bearing Witness: Daniel Heyman. The exhibition features portraits of individuals who have endured great personal hardship – former Abu Ghraib detainees, African American fathers who have been in and out of jail, and new immigrants to the United States.

Heyman, who is a print maker and a painter, incorporates the words of his subjects into each of the portraits. His travels to Amman and Istanbul between 2005 and 2008 to listen in on interviews with former Abu Ghraib Prison detainees informs the sensitivity of the material. With equal reverence for story, Heymen painted portraits of imprisoned fathers in his local Philadelphia in 2009.

Bearing Witness is complement by a strong series of public programs. Head here to learn more.

A selection of Heyman’s portraits comes after the jump.

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