The idea for this project arose in the aftermath of a series of exhibitions of photographs produced by Palestinian children during a two week workshop that Phil ran together with a Palestinian colleague Ahmad Al-Bazz in 2011.
The exhibition was shown in four Scottish cities and was displayed simultaneously in Bethlehem and Glasgow. We also staged live video links between Gaza, Dundee and Edinburgh. A more detailed report of the final exhibition in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh can be found here: http://electronicintifada.net/content/palestinian-childrens-photography-showcased-scottish-parliament/12067
The exhibitions are estimated to have been viewed by upwards of 3,000 people and the live discussions undoubtedly brought home to those present the harsh realities faced by Palestinians.It is our experience that most of the world is kept ignorant of the true nature of Palestinian life by politicians and media with a vested interest in keeping the situation obscured. Please help us bear witness to some of the realities of the Palestinian experience by contributing to this project.
Having collaborated with Rafat in Gaza, Moussa in Bethlehem and Ahmad in Nablus , it was quite clear that the model we had used of image sharing on the Internet and live video events was both feasible and successful.
We have therefore started to build a Network of Photographers for Palestine with the intention of sharing both our photographic and curatorial skills. As well as promoting photographic events our longer term goals include:
- Facilitating photography visits to Palestine
- Facilitating photography visits for Palestinians to other parts of the world
- Sharing advice and experience of promoting photography in Palestine. We now have contacts in all the main cities in Palestine, and in Brussels, Milan, Kuwait, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, London and Dublin.
Our first project for which we now seek funding is an exhibition to commemorate the work of two international solidarity workers, Tom Hurndall, and Rachel Corrie, who lost their lives in the service of the people of Gaza. The exhibition will document the lives of these two outstanding individuals and examine current conditions in a Gaza still under siege. The exhibition will be launched on January, 13th 2014, the 10th anniversary of Tom's death.
Our exhibition will also seek to forge links between solidarity workers throughout the world and the people of Palestine. We will therefore be displaying the exhibition simultaneously in three cities - Edinburgh, London and Gaza City. Of course, if you would like to join us in putting on the exhibition in your area we will gladly assist in sharing images and advising on various aspect of organisation. We will also be launching the exhibition with a live link-up between these three centres and a discussion on "Gaza - Then and Now". This appeal is for funds to cover the costs of printing, mounting, venue and equipment hire, and publicity at the three centres
If you can't fund us - join us ! If you have a passion for photography or for Palestine, or both - COME AND JOIN US. You don't have to be a professional photographer to be part of the Network. All we ask is that you work with us to organise shows about Palestine in your area. We can supply the images and advise you on organising the shows. You will find it a fun experience that will help to build a circle of pro-Palestinian sympathisers around you.
If you would like any further information on this project please contact:
Phil Chetwynd - firstname.lastname@example.org (English)
or Rafat Abushaban - email@example.com (Arabic)
We would like to thank the parents of Tom Hurndall and Rachel Corrie for their extensive help in this project. We are aware that this last year may have been a particularly difficult time for them, but hope that our exhibition will be a worthy commemoration of Tom and Rachel's work.
Risks and challenges
We have now secured venues in all three cities, and are currently in the process of selecting the images we wish to display.
We have investigated suitable printing and mounting options and are confident that we can have the images ready for display before the end of November (thereby avoiding the Christmas rush!).
One challenge will be to attract a suitably sized audience. Through a combination of targeted leafleting and extensive use of social media we managed to attract 100 people to our event at the Scottish Parliament last year. We would hope to achieve the same measure of success in our forthcoming events.
Another potential risk is the possibility of interference during our Skype link-up. We will, of course, be careful to hire optimum equipment for this purpose, and the fact that we have managed a similar international link-up in the past leaves us confident that we can overcome any hitches that may arise in the technical area.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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