MSc International Development students Philip Kirk and Taylor McConnell will present their projects, “Fresh Memories” and “The Rescuers,” during Innovative Learning Week, Monday through Thursday, 16-19 February 2015.
Phil Kirk is a photographer and activist. Between 2010 and 2013 he lived in Dharamsala, India, where he documented the stories of Tibetan refugees.
Taylor McConnell works for the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and will be moving to Sarajevo in April to begin work as PCRC communications manager and to complete his Work-Based Placement on PCRC’s BalkanDiskurs youth blogging and media literacy project.
The exhibits will be displayed in the Chrystal MacMillan Building Lobby, Monday afternoon to Wednesday morning, and in the George Square Lecture Theatre Wednesday afternoon to Thursday evening.
“Fresh Memories,” Philip Kirk, freshmemories.net/project
This project combines landscape images of Tibet’s mountainous border with interviews and portraits of Tibetans who have journeyed into exile since the Tibetan uprising of 2008. In their own words, former political prisoners tell tales of imprisonment and torture, while others recount their experience of economic, educational, and cultural oppression.
Images of Tibet often show stunning mountain vistas, saffron robed monks, and smiling ruddy faced nomads. Such images ignore or deny the complex situation on the “Land of Snows. This project offers a counter narrative in the story of Tibet, shedding light on events that have been obscured by the ongoing media blackout.
“The Rescuers,” Post-Conflict Research Center, p-crc.org/project/rescuers
The exhibition consists of photographs and testimonies of rescuers – those who selflessly protected others from harm during conflict – from Cambodia, Rwanda, the Holocaust, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, taken by Nicolas Axelrod, Sonia Folkmann, Riccardo Gangale, Paul Lowe and Mirko Pincelli. The photos printed for this event will also be used for the Ordinary Heroes workshop and documentary screenings funded by the SPS Graduate School and Global Justice Academy on 26-27 February 2015 and for future events in Bosnia and beyond.
“The Rescuers” is part of PCRC’s Ordinary Heroes project, which was awarded first prize in the UN Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group Intercultural Innovation Award in August 2014. Ordinary Heroes emphasizes that “peace is possible.” It breaks with the traditional, high-level political news propaganda, drawing from positive examples of reconciliation and peacebuilding that are happening at the community level and bringing to the forefront people who exemplify moral courage and tolerance. The concept is peace, truth, and people- and solution-oriented. As it focuses on solutions and vivid examples of peacebuilders, it aims to create awareness about the possibilities that exist for reconciliation in BiH.