War & Peace
EXHIBIT Closed on August 16th 2015
Juror: Nissan N. Perez
Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989
by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA"
Conflict and resolution, photography that documents the dynamic power-struggles in our world and conversely, the moments of calm.
Humankind is in a constant state of conflict. As described by the famous Karl Marx theory: society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources. One can see that is true if you simply watch a broadcast news program.
From civil rights, to gay rights to global terrorism, our world is a bubbling cauldron of adversarial commotion. And it seems it has always been this way. History textbook pages merely skim the surface when if comes to wars and hypocrisy. Cultural misunderstandings, power-struggles and discrimination easily erupt into violence.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||23 July 15|
|Artists' Reception:||14 August 15 17:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||16 August 15|
|War and Peace|
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We ask you to think outside the box. This theme of conflict can be expressed intimately, quietly behind civilian curtains as well as on the battlefield.
Although there are distinct kinds, war is commonly defined as a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. Most of us would agree that war is not a necessity. It is not even an indispensable option. It is often the choice of a certain category of leaders who recur to it for personal/political/nationalist reasons and to assert their leadership through a demonstration of power by fomenting conflict. In the process those who suffer most are men and nature. The victims of war are not only the dead but also the survivors who carry the trauma and scars for the rest of their life.
As an accurate visual memory photography has the power to disturb when presented in the context of armed conflict, even if it does not depict death and devastation. While reviewing the submissions for this competition I realized that most photographers addressed and expressed mainly the human facet of the aftermath of war, its physical and emotional devastating effects. Therefore my selection was an attempt to assemble a group of works that would also yield an exhibition with an internal logic.
Let us pray and hope that at least the future generations will not have to go through the horrors of war. Without wars peace will become a simple fact of life.
Dr. Nissan N. Perez
|Marv Freedman, 1989|
|Mallavi, Northern Sri Lanka, 2011.|
|Orphans of War|
|Kyaw Thura, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers|
|Eyes of the Conflict|
|Fenced Childhood |
|Big Red One Memorial in Czech Republic|
|Pooneryn, Northern Sri Lanka 2011.|
|Wounded War Veteran, Hiroshima|
|I Dream of My Two Brothers|
|She said to Stay Alive, I Promised. |
|Orlando Martinez, 1986|
|Gerry Gergen, 1987|
|John Hamlin, 1988|
|Joan Duffy Newberry, 1989|
|Life goes on...|
|The History of Warsaw|
|Up Against the Wall|
|Orphan Girl, Managua, Nicaragua|
|Girls Orphanage, Managua, Nicaragua|
|Memorial, Maj Johnson, Tikrit, 2007|
|Orgun School Girl|
|Kurdish Man with Acid Burn|
|Soldier and Son|
|Brothers, Vietnam '71|
|Graziani’s Fence, (270 kilometer barbed-wire fence), near Jaghbub, Libya|
|Veteran on the March to the Capital|
|Diversion. Refugee Camp|
|Dine Su, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers|
|When the War Came Home|
- All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
- Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
- Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
- People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
- We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.
Juror: Nissan N. Perez
Currently Vice-President of the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) in Tel Aviv, in his previous position he worked for over 37 years as Senior Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem where he conceived and created the department of photography and its extensive collection of over 120,000 items.
In his curatorial career he conceived and curated over 180 exhibitions in Israel and Worldwide and published a substantial number of books, catalogs and articles.
In addition Perez currently teaches graduate courses and seminars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Ben Gourion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, and at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.
His studies were in psychology, philosophy and art history at the Hebrew University and he ultimately obtained a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK. At the start of his career in photography he was trained for two years first in Paris under the renowned expert and collector Gérard Lévy and at the Société Française de Photographie, then in London at the Royal Photographic Society and the V&A, followed by a one year internship at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.
Prior to his tenure at the Israel Museum he worked for many years as a professional photographer specialized in advertising and public relations while also devoting time to personal creative photography.
Perez was born in Istanbul, Turkey, educated in French schools and immigrated to Israel in 1967 where he built his life and career in photography.