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Exhibition ‘Imagine: Reflections On Peace’: Geneva, Switzerland

In Photography News on September 26, 2020 at 6:20 PM

The exhibition ‘Imagine: Reflections On Peace’: Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent

September 16th 2020 – January 10th 2021

Musee Geneve

‘Imagine: Reflections On Peace’: A photographic exhibition at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, in Geneva that I am part of along with peers; Gary Knight: Cambodia (Wartime and Post-War), Stephen Ferry: Colombia (Wartime), Ron Haviv: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Wartime and Post-War) Roland Neveu: Cambodia (Wartime), Nichole Sobecki: Lebanon (Post-War), Nicole Tung: Iraq and Syria (Wartime and Post-War) and Gilles Peress (Northern Ireland).

 

My contribution concerned the documentation of Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 and subsequently.

“In 1994 as Rwanda was in, the throes of genocide, I illegally crossed the Ugandan border to document one of recent history’s darkest events. I witnessed a broken country gouged, burnt, scarred and littered with corpses. Twenty-five years later, I revisited Rwanda and found a very different country. A country that carries the genocide with it in its collective memory but refuses to be defined by it. A country once gouged is now full, a country once broken is now whole and scars once obvious are fading. Rwanda’s transformation is squarely rooted in the Rwandan people’s unparalleled ability to forgive.”

— Jack Picone

 

Below, a précis of photographs of Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide [black and white photographs] and more recently in 2019 [color photographs].

                                                                   

Rwanda during the genocide, 1994. Above Photographs © by Jack Picone

Rwanda post Genocide, 2019. Below Photographs © by Jack Picone

                                                                                                                     
          

     

          

 

 

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Dzemil Hodzic | Bosnian Survivor

In Ethics, Photography, Random Moments on August 14, 2020 at 3:28 PM

‘A camera doesn’t lie’: Documenting besieged Sarajevo

25 years on, a Bosnian survivor is on a mission to keep memories alive with his Sniper Alley project.

Rewriting history has become commonplace within a contemporary context but not if Dzemil Hodzic is going to have anything to do with it.
Dzemil is using still photographs [ SniperAlley Sarajevo ] from photojournalists who covered The Siege Of Sarajevo to counter revisionists fictional writings that are masquerading as fact.
Read Mersiha Gadzo heartbreaking tale of two brothers here. One can’t not be emotionally wounded after reading Dzemil’s tale of his older brother Amel’s death at the end of a snipers bullet delivered squarely to his chest.
Dzemil’s and Mershia’s account is accurately written for posterity. It counters the revisionists’ versions that perpetuate untruths, and are drowning in political malfeasance.

 

The view from my room at The Holiday Inn. Sarajevo 1995.

Avoiding Serb sniper fire by taking the back streets to school. Sarajevo 1995.

[Jack Picone] DO NOT USE
Under Serb sniper fire, mother and child run for their lives along ‘Sniper Alley’ in Sarajevo in 1995 

 

 

 

IMAGINE: REFLECTIONS ON PEACE

In Ethics, Photography, Photography News on August 8, 2020 at 8:15 AM

For students of politics, history, philosophy, or anyone interested in a more comprehensive understanding of the opposing forces of war and peace and how peace can prevail; the book, IMAGINE: REFLECTIONS ON PEACE will be published on October 6th, 2020.

IMAGINE is an initiative by VIIF Foundation;


“This book is dedicated to those who are living in war while imagining peace, and those who are brave enough to build it.”
IMAGINE focuses on six distinct countries—Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda—to illustrate the difficult work being done to break the foundational cycles of conflict and violence that have marked each’s immediate history.
IMAGINE provides a provocative and thoroughly insightful look at not only what the peace process means to each individual and community, but also (and maybe most importantly) the nuanced, hard-won lessons behind what it means to actually build peace.

Photographers

Gary Knight: Cambodia (Wartime and Post-War)
Stephen Ferry: Colombia (Wartime)
Ron Haviv: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Wartime and Post-War) Roland Neveu: Cambodia (Wartime)
Jack Picone: Rwanda (Wartime and Post-War)
Nichole Sobecki: Lebanon (Post-War)
Nicole Tung: Iraq and Syria (Wartime and Post-War)

Journalists
Jon Lee Anderson: Colombia Martin Fletcher: Northern Ireland Anthony Loyd: Bosnia
Jon Swain: Cambodia
Robin Wright: Lebanon

“These searing images and moving essays teach us much about the lessons of history, the costs of war, and the overlooked challenges of achieving lasting peace. The honesty and introspection of the contributors also reminds us that the gaps that exist between peoples can be bridged; wounds can be healed; hatreds can be dissolved; and the once unthinkable can become reality — if there is a willingness to pursue dialogue and embrace our common humanity. Imagine: Reflections on Peace is a timely and important call to action.”

— Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State

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