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Exhibition of photographs by iraqi civilians

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Exhibition of Photographs by Iraqi Civilians

On view until October 10
NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, Gulf and Western Gallery at rear of lobby

As part of New York City’s Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and
Ideas, NYU’s
Department of Photography and Imaging is sponsoring an exhibition
curated by
PixelPress of 30 color prints taken by Iraqi civilians in the months
of April
and May, 2004. The photographs were made as part of an initiative by
the
Daylight Community Arts Foundation to distribute disposable cameras
to Iraqi
civilians to show another point of view unavailable to the foreign
press.

They were asked to photograph people and scenes to communicate back
to us, the
people of the USA whose army is currently occupying their country.
What would
they want us to know? What is going on that dispels
stereotypes? “This is an
opportunity to show the American public what you want them to see,”
these
amateur photographers were told.
For example, one poor family is photographed near a garbage dump. The
man,
Sadiq, had named his daughter, born the day US troops entered
Baghdad, Americas,
meant to represent hope and freedom. Others are less sanguine: one
photographs
burials in Falluja, where much of the anti-US violence has taken
place. Others
photograph scenes in a barbershop, a school, on the street, sometimes
eliciting
smiles from people who are normally shown as surly, even hostile,
when depicted
by foreign journalists.

This exhibition is an attempt to show a small slice of the life lived
by people
who, for a variety of reasons, are still not very well known or
understood by
the US more than a year after hostilities were said to have ended.
Now, when it
is too dangerous for most US photographers to walk around and
photograph, these
photographs by Iraqi civilians are timely and revealing.
The show will remain on view through October 10. Gallery hours are 10
am through
7 pm weekedays, and noon to 5 pm on Saturdays. Admission is free. For
further
information call 212.998.1930, email office@pixelpress.org or visit
http://www.nyu.edu.tisch/photo.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Photography and
Imaging, NYU
Tisch School of the Arts, a four-year BFA program centered on the
making and
understanding of images. It is curated by Fred Ritchin, Associate
Professor of
Photography and Imaging and Director of Pixel Press, and Ambreen
Qureshi,
Managing Editor of Pixel Press, an independent organization
collaborating with
photographers artists and human rights organizations
(http://www.pixelpress.org). The exhibition is funded in part by the
Open
Society Institute. The photographs were made as part of a project
undertaken by
the Daylight Community Arts Foundation, which also publishes a new
magazine
featuring documentary work, “Daylight.”

by teru kuwayama at 2004-09-02 12:18:37 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Check it out, I added this to the Event Calendar.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 02 Sep 2004 14:09 | | Report spam→

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