Photography exhibit at Va. Holocaust Museum explores violent protests in Charlottesville

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RICHMOND, Va. — A new exhibit at the Virginia Holocaust Museum is highlighting the chaos in Charlottesville last year.

Ten moments – now still – of the violent ‘Unite the Right Rally’.

The images were taken by Alec Hosterman, a professor at Longwood University. The exhibit is called “There’s Just Us.”

“One of the community members [at an event] said, ‘There’s no justice. There’s just us.’ And that’s something that’s stuck with Alec,” Angela Rueda, the assistant curator at the museum, said.

Rueda says each image gives off a different feeling from the day. One photograph that stands out to her, in particular, is “Solidarity.”

“A image of two individuals who are religious leaders who are linked arm and arm,” she said. “You don’t see their faces.”

It was a peaceful moment, amid the chaos.

Another image shows smoke and people running.

“The chaos from that particular event but it’s also shows the individuals we are standing up,” Rueda added.

Rueda says with each exhibit, the museum tries to encourage visitors to stand up for what they believe in.

“So our ultimate goal as a museum, through preserving and telling the history of the Holocaust is to inspire our visitors to fight prejudice, to fight indifference. So at the core of this exhibition is that same goal,” she said.

This exhibit also starts a conversation about individual’s ideologies and where they come from.

“Something the photographer has said, at the end of the day. We’re all just people,” Rueda said.

The exhibit is open until October 28. 

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