Unrecognised: photography exhibition & auction in support of Palestinian human rights
Unrecognised was a unique art auction featuring original work from more than 50 photographers/artists from New Zealand, Palestine/Israel and South Africa exhibited in Wellington, Hamilton, Whanganui, Auckland, Dunedin, and East London, South Africa. All proceeds from the auction went towards helping ActiveStills, an Israeli/Palestinian photographers’ collective, continue their work in documenting the human rights situation in Palestine.
Here’s a film of the opening night of the exhibition from talented videographer Lekrmoi.
And here’s one of the actions we did to promote the exhibition:
Call for Submissions (expired)
In September, the UN has the opportunity to recognise Palestine as a state. New Zealand’s vote will be cast by Foreign Minister Murray McCully. He decides whether we join the international outcry against injustice in Palestine, or continue to deny the Palestinian people the right to a voice in the international community.
In August, 6 cities in 2 countries will exhibit photographs from apartheid South Africa 30 years ago, photographs of the 1981 anti-apartheid movement in New Zealand, and photographs of the situation in occupied Palestine today. These exhibitions will celebrate the role of photography and art in spurring positive social change. We want to remind people how proud we are of having spoken out against injustice in 1981, and that we can continue to do so today.
To support the central exhibit and extend the exhibition to the broader community, we’re inviting professional and amateur photographers in each city to contribute work. The contributed work is extremely diverse, involving both overtly political and overtly non-political photography, from documentary photography to artful avant garde compositions.
The event will be combined with film screenings, public seminars and live music, coordinated through the Concerned Citizens website. Like previous Concerned Citizens activities, these exhibitions will be community-oriented events that showcase local talent while raising awareness about an important social issue.