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Photos from Palestine in Whanganui

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Date: 13 May 2010

“Occupation and Resistance- Photos from Palestine”

31st May – 11 June 2010

The Federal Hotel Gallery, corner of Taupo Quay & Market Place, Whanganui

Opening 31st May 5 – 7pm
Open Monday – Friday 11am – 2pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm
Closed Sunday 6th June and Monday 7th June (Queens Birthday)
Exhibition Ends 11th June


A devastatingly courageous photo exhibition is opening at The Federal Hotel Gallery, corner of Taupo Quay & Market Place, Whanganui on the 31st May, Opening 5 – 7pm. Open daily till the 11th June. Showcasing the daily experience of Palestinians living under occupation, the exhibition features bold images from the front line of the struggle for justice in Palestine.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity for New Zealanders to see a different side of the conflict. “We want to show the different ways in which Israel destroys people’s livelihoods, homes, land and hope” says Israeli peace activist and exhibition organizer Kerem Blumberg. “But we also want to emphasize that Palestinians and Israelis continue to work together towards real peace and justice, through non-violent resistance to the Israeli state and military. Now that I am living in New Zealand, it feels like something that I can share.” continues Kerem “I have found other people here who have been witness to the occupation who wanted to make the exhibition happen”.

These moving images are the work of the widely published group ‘ActiveStills’ a collective of photographers, based in Israel, who believe in the power of photography as a tool for social justice. Formed in 2005, they have since held and participated in exhibitions in Munich, Olympia, Bil’in (West Bank), Tel Aviv, Toronto, Montreal, Malmo, Lund and Amsterdam.


ENDS 11 June 2010


For more information about ‘ActiveStills’:
ActiveStills website: www.activestills.org

Regular photo updates of events in Israel/Palestine: www.flickr.com/photos/activestills

An article about ActiveStills in the Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251804557937&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%

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