Photography for Peace
You get home, turn on the TV, after shuffling through different channels, you leave on the news. It doesn’t take long to feel that the world is a complete mess, with atrocities from all sorts: wars, bomb attacks, disasters, cars and plane accidents, crimes. If you grab the newspaper (or check it on-line), the horror show continues incessantly. Baudelaire wrote that the newspapers bring in its lines the most terrible footprint of human perversity, an orgy of universal atrocity. Fear is generated as a political apparatus of domination.However, photography can also be the antidote against the culture of fear and violence.
One major justification for this proposal is the immense disproportion between the attention given to the realities of violence in comparison to the study of peace contexts. Photography for Peace constitutes the recognition of peaceful experiences in everyday life. As a result, I have put myself in different cultural settings in a variety of countries in attempt to capture realities of peace in apparently trivial moments.
If you are interested on the topic, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also, more information about this approach can be found in my master thesis “Peace and Identity: a photographic approach”(2009) defended at the International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, University Jaume I, Castellón, Spain and in the article “Fotografia para a paz identidade”, CARRIJO, Fabrício B. Fotografia para a Paz e Identidade. In: FERRARI, Anderson et al (Org.). Horizontes de Brasil: Escenarios, Intercambio y Diversidad. 1ªed. Barcelona, 2011, v. 1 (p. 1583-1598).