Category: photography

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Sur Les murs rebelles de Marseille

Lors de ma courte visite du mois de septembre (il me reste encore 3 semaines) dans Marseille que j’adore, j’ai pris des photos les murs de Marseille, mais surtout les affiches, de pochoirs, d’auto-collants, de banderoles, de grafitti, de tags qui les tachent de contestation. Je les exposent içi pour pouvoir les revoir et les partager. Ces murs représentent des luttes de provenance locales, régionales, nationales et internationales. Ils revendiquent le contrôle des quartiers populaires par ses habitants et habituéEs et leurEs lutte contre les chantiers de gentrification (La Plaine). Les murs nous parles de luttes antifascistes, anticapitalistes, antipatriachal, contre...

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«Police Politique» Installation part of Montréal Art+Anarchy Exhibit

« Fraternité contre la police politique » installation / portraits photos / vidéo / artéfacts 1-29 mai 2017 ART+ANARCHY group exhibit avec/with: Mary Lou Freel, Freda Guttman, Eva-Loan, Claude Périard, Ponk, Seth Tobocman, Gaia Tomasello & Cinzia Petrucci, Jeannette Tossounian, Tournesol Plante, Benoît Tremblay + David Widgington Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier 2450, Rue Workman, Montréal, Québec, H3J 1L8 VERNISSAGE : vendredi / friday 5 mai / May, 5 à 8 = The Montréal police violently repress demonstrations against austerity (among others) while simultaneously opposing the negative effects of austerity on their own pension fund. In doing so, the Fraternité des policiers...

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Une gallerie d’affiches sous un viaduc – An poster gallery beneath an overpass

In Montréal, there is an autonomous gallery of posters, grafitti & tags on Parc Avenue north of Van Horne. Head north on sidewalk under the overpass of the east side. There are posters by #vivasnosqueremos, one by the Howl Arts Festival, a poster to liberate nearby Parc des Gorilles, one announcing Pervers/Cité, a nihilistic poster for the future, another against pipelines in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en people, and others. — À Montréal, il y a une gallerie autonome d’affiches, grafitti et tags sur avenue du Parc au nord de la rue Van Horne. Dirigez-vous vers le nord sur le trottoir...

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Student protest in Santiago de Chile draws big crowd

On Thursday August 4, 2016, Chilean student movements called for a national protest against education reform (la Ley de Inclusión) that students — and others — argue that the reform does not go far enough towards dismantling the market-based and socio-economically segregated education system, a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). According to a 2015 article: Students say the reforms don’t go far enough, and may fall short even in meeting their stated objective. They point to loopholes that will allow “flagship” schools to maintain selective admissions for up to 30% of their enrollment. Non-profit schools can also retain transitional...

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Photo Exhibit Reveals Political Movements & Poverty in Manila

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 18°C] When I heard that Stefan Christoff was preparing for his second photo exhibit, I knew I had to go. His first one displayed photos from a trip he made to Lebanon. I bought one of the photographs in the exhibit of an image of Yasser Arafat stencilled onto a decaying wall in Burj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp. To me it symbolizes the dire circumstances faced by Palestinian refugees: a fading leadership, constant colonial encroachment and oppressive living conditions. It now hangs on my living room wall as a reminder that, despite its singular beauty, occupation is...

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Perfect Binding: This is Not a Book

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 17°C] It’s been one and a half years since I decided to close the books of Cumulus Press and begin anew with mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking. But the love of books has never really dissipated and every so often I come across the printed page in all of its creative spleandour that tugs at my heart strings and reminds me of the possibilities of reinventing oneself. Below are samples of book slashes, sculptures, lamps, explosions, reformulations, vases,  and my favourites: book autopsies. Book Slashes by Georgia Russel

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Permanent Court of Arbitration Makes Ruling on Abyei Border

[Montréal, Québec, Canada  20°C] At 8:00 am GMT, the five-member Abyei Arbitration Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague began ceremonies to render its final decision regarding the delimitation of the Abyei boundaries, which have been a source of tension and conflict between Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party and the Government of Southern Sudan. The arbitration agreement between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) was received by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 11, 2008 with both parties agreeing to a “final and binding” decision by the tribunal. On July...

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Immunization in Lurcuk Village, Tonj North County, Southern Sudan

[Warrap Town, Southern Sudan 40°C] Eight of us climb into the Land Cruiser and leave the World Vision compound at around 11h00. We drive to the brick storage room, where refrigerators store vaccinations for the immunization program that takes place in different villages every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Tonj North County. We load tables and chairs onto the roof of the vehicle; carefully place coollers of vaccines against meningitis, tetanus, measles into the back, and toss boxes of syringes, gauze and rubber gloves under the vehicles back benches. Five children congregate by the passenger door to get a closer look at the khawaja: me the white man in the front seat. Half of them are naked. All of them reluctent to shake this khawaja’s hand, despite customary protocol.

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Miscellaneous photos from Northern Bahr el-Ghazal

[Malual Kon, Bahr el-Ghazal, Southern Sudan 42°C] Tomorrow morning, I leave Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and head south to Tonj county in Warrap State. Apparantly a more remote part of Southern Sudan.  As I leave, I leave you here with a selection of photographs of places I’ve visited and people I’ve met while in the area. (I will add more soon)

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Schooling Sudanese Refugees in Nairobi at Sud Academy

[Nairobi, Kenya 27°C] Below is a selection of photos taken at Sud Academy, a primary/secondary school for Sudanese refugees in a poor neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya. The school has a student population of more than 200 students, some of whom were abducted during the civil war by northern militia and enslaved by them to tend the cattle stolen in the raid. Lino Madut Angok is ne of the abductees who was freed, as indicated in his letter (below) by an organization called Redemption(?). Although I recognize the benefit Lino has received by being freed from bondage, there is much debate (here, here and here) about the practice of redemption (buying the slave’s freedom) and its ability to end slavery in Sudan.