Saturday, 14 August 2010

‘Occupation & Resistance – Photos from Palestine’ in Christchurch

A devastatingly courageous photo exhibition is opening at the Linwood Community Arts Centre in Christchurch on 15th August.

Showcasing the daily experience of Palestinians living under occupation, the exhibition features bold images from the front line of the struggle for justice in Palestine.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity for New Zealanders to see a different side of the conflict.

“We want to show the different ways in which Israel destroys people’s livelihoods, homes, land and hope” says Israeli peace activist and exhibition organiser Kerem Blumberg.

“But we also want to emphasise that Palestinians and Israelis continue to work together towards real peace and justice, through non-violent resistance to the Israeli state and military. Now that I am living in New Zealand, it feels like something that I can share,” continues Kerem.

“I have found other people here who have been witness to the occupation who wanted to make the exhibition happen”.

These moving images are the work of the widely published group ‘ActiveStills’ a collective of photographers, based in Israel, who believe in the power of photography as a tool for social justice. Formed in 2005, they have since held and participated in exhibitions in Munich, Olympia, Bil’in (West Bank), Tel Aviv, Toronto, Montreal, Malmo, Lund and Amsterdam.

Date of exhibition: 15 August- 22 August 2010, 12-4 pm.
Opening 5-7, 15 August 2010
Location: Linwood Community Arts Centre, 
Corner Stanmore Road and Worchester Street, Linwood.

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