This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – World Refugee Day, Art for the Heart scholarships, a benefit for Where Love Is Illegal and last chance to see Juno Gemes’ exhibition The Quiet Activist. Plus the Indian Photography Festival (Hyderabad) announces the results from the 2019 open call with artists named in the print, digital and photo book exhibitions – 700 entries were received this year. Check out September’s festival line-up.
World Refugee Day
Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian-Kurdish asylum seeker, journalist and stunning writer has been incarcerated on Manus since 2013. Boochani is a victim of the Australian government’s barbaric solution to deter asylum seekers and refugees from making the perilous journey to our shores by boat. The premise is no more deaths at sea, or teaching the people smugglers a lesson or keeping our borders safe (take your pick of political rhetoric); hollow excuses for the stripping of human rights from the most vulnerable.
I interviewed Hoda Afshar, a documentary photographer and artist who worked with Boochani and other refugees to create a body of work REMAIN. My article was recently published in Pro Photo magazine over five pages (it’s in the current issue – please buy the printed magazine and support Australian publishing!)
Omid Tofighian who translated Boochani’s award-winning book, No Friend but the Mountains, has written a deeply thought-provoking piece for pen International – Disregard, Dismissal and Divestment: Behrouz Boochani, Academia and the Media – which you can read here. If you want to take action, suggestions are on the pen website.
Art for the Heart Workshop
My dear friend Kerry Payne Stailey is running this amazing workshop – Art for the Heart – Visual Storytelling as a Tool to move from hurting, to healing, to helping – 8-13 September on her property in Maine, about an hour’s drive north of Portland.
Kerry has used photography to explore deeply personal stories, in part as a cathartic process to heal emotional wounds. Now she is going to share her experiences with ten lucky workshop attendees.
She is offering two scholarship places (including onsite accommodation) to photographers who are working in the area of mental health. Submissions close July 31, 2019.
Where Love is Illegal – New York City
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI+ Pride, Witness Change is hosting a benefit in New York for Where Love is Illegal, an amazing project by visual journalist and activist Robin Hammond.
Where Love is Illegal has given LGBTQI+ persons a platform on which to tell their stories of survival. Hammond has recently been working in the US documenting the persecution of LGBTQI+ persons, stories that contribute to what is fast becoming an extraordinary global archive that testifies to the power of collective voices and the visual narrative.
The benefit is an auction of Hammond’s signed prints. If you can’t attend in person, there’s an online component.
Tuesday 25 June 6.30pm WeWork 85 Broad Street New York City
Juno Gemes – The Quiet Activist
For more than 40 years Juno Gemes, a Hungarian-born Australian, has trained her astute eye on the political landscape of her adopted home. The Quiet Activist– A Survey Exhibition 1979 – 2019 gives visitors a unique insight into both the origin of Gemes’s relationship with photography and her capacity to continually break new ground.
The Quiet Activist presents nine bodies of work, the majority of which deal with the struggle of Aboriginal peoples to be seen and heard. The works presented reveal her ongoing attentiveness to telling a story of indigenous Australia, one that documents the struggles and the victories of a people whose history has largely been overlooked.
As expected, her internationally acclaimed series Proof: Portraits from the Movement 1978-2003plays a central role in the exhibition. Proof comprises portraits of extraordinary Aboriginal people; academics, political activists, artists, poets and dancers. Gemes’ images of ‘The Apology,’ where in 2008 then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to Aboriginal families who were victims of the Stolen Generations, are significant and profound. There are also photographs that talk to the ordinary and the everyday, images that are peppered with joy and humour; images that are a reminder of a shared humanity.
But this exhibition is no more one dimensional than Gemes herself. The Quiet Activist includeslarge frames from her conceptual series Terra Ancien/Terra Nova (2003-2007) as well as photographs and video from her latest body of work, Love Cancer. Her beautiful, lyrical commentary on life on the Hawkesbury River in regional New South Wales (Australia), The Language of Oysters, is also featured…(read my review in Australian Book Review Arts here)
Juno Gemes: The Quiet Activist: A Survey Exhibition 1979 – 2019
Part of Head On Photo festival Curated by Rhonda Davis and Kate Hargraves
Macquarie University Gallery until 28 June