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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 Citys Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, NYUs 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 Shinji Kuwayama at 2004-09-02 14:16:35 UTC (ed. Jun 24 2006 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

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