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9/11/2011

Jim McFarlane opens his new exhibition today in Doha.

– posted by Kerry

Children of Gaza Exhibition  2011
9th November to 3rd December, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in Qatar, Qatar University, Doha

In 2010 three international photographers, Giuseppe Aquili, Jim McFarlane and Anthony Dawton, with the support of Save the Children, entered Gaza. For nearly two weeks the award-winning photographers photographed children and their families, victims of the Israeli incursion on December 27th 2008. The images are extraordinary; they tell of what happened and the damage done, both physically and psychologically, but they also tell also of a people, and in particular the children, who are bright, intelligent and full of hope.

The exhibition is as dramatic in its presentation as the images themselves, comprising of 21 black and white photographic artworks, each measuring approx. 1.5 x 1.00 metres. Included in the exhibition are original pieces inspired by the photographic images, from the renowned artist Dia Azzawi. His images provide a vivid and colourful contrast to the imposing monochrome of the photographs taken by Aquili, Dawton and McFarlane.

The exhibition hopes to define the process in which art can bring understanding to seemingly intractable political conflict as well as to highlight the terrible long and short-term consequences of these conflicts. Proceeds from the exhibition will go to Save the Children projects in Gaza, particularly to its outstanding work with children traumatised by conflict. The photographers, Dia Azzawi and Save the Children will be in Qatar to answer questions both about the works of art and Save the Children’s projects in Gaza. Hi resolution images of all the photographs in the exhibition are available for members of the press.

A website of the exhibition can be seen at: www.almadadshop.org

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