Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Joint Palestinian/Israeli Photo Exhibition in London






To those interested in photojournalism but more generally in the visual depiction of the Arab-Israeli conflict this small exhibition in Old Street is an interesting reflection on human suffering in its plainest expression. The photographers are Israelis and Palestinians, so are the victims and the perpetrators of violence in the images displayed. Expect blood, tears, destruction at a scale that is unfortunately too common in parts of the Middle East. One could argue that blurring the boundaries between aggressor and victim, oppressor and oppressed undermines the cause of the Palestinians by equating their suffering with that of the occupiers. Others might see it as an honest expression of anti-war sentiment. Many of the images have little artistic value while others reflect the events in a perversely beautiful manner.

Whatever your views or inclination, it wont leave you indifferent. For me it raises one important question: Can the very personal and individual experience of human suffering be objectively measured and compared?

2 comments:

P JAZZMAN said...

thanx

American back to the Indian said...

"Can the very personal and individual experience of human suffering be objectively measured and compared?"

If they are not even acknowledged you have the failed status quo and perpetuation of just hate.