Trauma, Healing and Hope: The Impact of Visual Representation on Justice for Survivors of International Crimes - Panel Discussion & Exhibit

An International Criminal Court exhibit. Presented by the Gallery Space at Wagner and the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice at NYU School of Law.

6:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
April 17, 2019
6:30pm - 9:00pm
The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

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:

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 or call 212.998.7401.


NYU Wagner provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email or call 212.998.7400 for assistance.
International Criminal Court exhibit "Trauma, healing and hope" at NYU's Gallery Space at Wagner