Friday, 2 August 2013

Peace in the frame

THERE was a positive, thoughtful response to Ian Berry's captivating photos at the opening and press call for the acclaimed In Sight of Peace exhibition at St John's Church Hall this afternoon.

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.

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

Curated by Dr Geoffrey Stevenson 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 short podcast interview with Dr Stevenson will appear on Just Festival News shortly.

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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