The gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ) will present a “Children of Gaza” exhibition next week, starting from November 9.The event is open to the public.
The exhibition features the work of three international photographers, Giuseppe Aquili, Jim McFarlane and Anthony Dawton, who entered Gaza in 2010 with the support of Save the Children movement. For about a fortnight, the award-winning photographers captured children and their families, victims of the Israeli incursion of December 27, 2008.
The images tell the stories of what happened and the damage done, both physically and psychologically but they also tell of a people, and in particular the children, who are bright, intelligent and full of hope.
“The exhibition, comprising 21 black and white photographic artworks is as dramatic in its presentation as the images themselves, each measuring approximately 1.5 x 1.00 metres”, said a spokesperon.
“Included in the exhibition are original pieces inspired by the photographic images, from 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.
“Children of Gaza 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,” the spokesperson said.
Works from the exhibition will be available for sale and proceeds will go to Save the Children projects in Gaza, particularly to its work with children traumatised by conflict. The photographers, Azzawi and representatives from Save the Children will be present during the exhibition to answer questions both about the works and the Save the Children’s projects in Gaza.
The exhibition is scheduled from November 9 to December 3 at The Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and is open Sundays to Thursdays between 9am and 5 pm, or by prior appointment.
Inquiries could be had from the VCUQatar on 44020555.
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