Thursday, 8 August 2013

Acclaim for photo exhibition

THERE has been widespread acclaim for the remarkable  In Sight of Peace  photo exhibition, which has been showing at St John's Church Hall as part of Just Festival.

This evening the curators are holding a private viewing from 6.30pm, but other than that the photos are on show in the hall throughout the festival, with times reserved for showing in between performances and discussions in the popular venue. 

Capturing both daily life and struggle during the apartheid era, as well as the emergence of the new South Africa, the exhibition of monochrome prints is both poignant and inspiring.

"It brought back some powerful memories and also reminded me of what the phenomenon of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and emergence on the world stage really meant," one visitor told us at the press opening last week

The Magnum Photos travelling exhibition, in association with Just Festival, is sponsored by theCentre for Theology and Public Issues (CPTI) at the University of Edinburgh and the Binks Trust.

Curated by Dr Geoffrey Stevenson (pictured) and Brian Fischbacher, In Sight of Peace forms part of a project on Peacebuilding Through Media Arts, directed by Professor Jolyon Mitchell - who will also be speaking at two forthcoming Just events.

A particular tie-in with this exhibit is 'The Role of photojournalism in peacebuilding', a conversation with Ian Berry and others, from 2-3pm in the hall at St John's on 14 August (£5).

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