Trauma, Healing and Hope: The Impact of Visual Representation on Justice for Survivors of International Crimes - Panel Discussion & Exhibit
PANEL 6:30pm -8:00pm | RECEPTION 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us for the opening of Trauma, healing and hope, the Spring 2019 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. The exhibit features selected photographs and stories from a photoactivism project created by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to raise awareness of mass crimes and help give a voice to those directly affected. It powerfully follows survivors of atrocity in their paths through trauma, insecurity, and loss, and their initial steps toward healing and hope. Award-winning photographer Marcus Bleasdale (National Geographic, Human Rights Watch) captured the images between 2003 and 2014 in conflict-stricken regions of Africa and Eastern Europe where the ICC investigates. These include the Central African Republic, Darfur (Sudan), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Kenya, and Uganda.
A panel discussion, kicked off by an ICC guest speaker and recorded remarks from Marcus Bleasdale, will examine the role of photography and other forms of art in confronting the horror of international crimes, empowering survivors, and advancing justice. Panelists will discuss the intent and impact of the project, the power dynamics inherent in the relationship between photographer and subject, and the importance of visual representations to truth-telling, memory, and reparation of grave human rights violations. Experts in the fields of human rights, arts activism, mental health, and international criminal justice will lead this conversation, including:
- Laurel E. Fletcher
International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley
- Jack Saul
International Trauma Studies Program
- Osvaldo Zavala
Head of Office, Liaison Office to the United Nations
International Criminal Court
Nyasha Laing, Esq., founder of OneIsland Media, moderates.
The program will start with the panel discussion and Q&A from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. A reception will immediately follow from 8:00pm to 9:00pm.
Trauma, healing and hope is curated for New York University by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni. The event is cosponsored by the International Public Service Association, Students for Criminal Justice Reform, Wagner Advocacy & Political Action, and the Wagner Refugee Action Council. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.998.7401.