EIGHT PHOTOJOURNALISTS SUGGESTING DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY AS A POSSIBLE BRIDGE FOR RECONCILIATION
An original idea by ANDRÉ LIOHN with: LYNSEY ADDARIO, ERIC BOUVET, BRYAN DENTON, CHRISTOPHER MORRIS, JEHAD NGA, FINBARR O’REILLY and PAOLO PELLEGRIN.
ADIL is an Arabic name derived from the word “Adl” which means “fairness” and “justice”
The ADIL project’s purpose is to contribute to the Reconciliation process for Libyan People facing the aftermath of the civil war. The core concept of the project is to use Visual Communication as a Bridge for Reconciliation.
International photographers who lived the conflict “on the ground” offer independent visual documentation of the war and are partnering with local organizations to bring four exhibitions to four Libyan cities – Benghazi, Misratah, Tripoli and Zintan – scheduled for the spring 2012, one year after the eruption of the conflict against the Ghaddafi regime.
During the period of the exhibitions some of the photographers will come to Libya to participate to events linked to ADIL, like workshops with local photographers and journalists, panel debates with local activists organizations.
Those events will be organized by our local partners. Among them: The Tripoli Post, the Art Gallery Art House of Tripoli, the Free Generation Movement, the artist Mohammad Bin Lamin, the Libyan lawyer and activist Rima Bugaighis.
And we’re still contacting new local organizations and individuals from the Libyan civil society.
A neutral arena where different people, with different opinions, expectations and experiences of the war, will be invited to see and react to how independent eyes saw their reality.
In the period of transition “war-to-peace” photographs can help people to accept the past and to lay the foundations for the new civil and social contract.
An independent visual documentation is a bridge for building the memory for today and tomorrow.
The photo collection will remain as a visual legacy for the Libyan people, as an encouraging assurance: “Pictures can not change the world, but the eyes who see them can”.
Political and social violence does not end with the last casualty. A common challenge facing all the aftermaths is the risk of manipulation of the civilians’ memory and perception.
The formulation of a shared vision and understanding among the civilians in transitional societies is decisive for securing reconciliation and more broadly social regeneration.
The first months of aftermath are crucial for the country’s and its people stability and long-term prosperity. Peace, individual liberty, reconstruction must be pursued together with security and disarmament. Reconciliation is necessary, combined with the settlement of all claims for justice by the victims of the war.
VISUAL COMMUNICATION: PHOTOJOURNALISM
Photography is a very valuable communication instrument because it is universally accessible and understood and it bridges socio-economic and linguistic barriers.
Photographs are witnesses of the broken relations and can contribute to the healing of societies.
The vision of images related to conflicts increases viewers understanding of the conflict. For viewers who experienced traumatic events, seeing the photographs can help them to understand and to forgive.
To cover the project’s costs we are involving different realities, as NGOs and other organizations, donations from local business, International media partners.
To administrate the funds collected, the photographers created a free non profit association called ADIL.
Paolo Pellegrin and Annalisa D’Angelo.
Paolo Pellegrin is a Magnum Photos full member since 2005. Winner of many awards, including 9 World Press Photo, and numerous Photographer of the Year Awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Meith Preis, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006 he was assigned the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
Annalisa D’Angelo after the Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emerson College, Boston, has collaborated with Pellegrin and has curated, among others, “Black Mountains” (photographs by Paolo Pellegrin) and “Haiti 2010” (group show, photographs by Larry Towell, Bruce Gilden, Paolo Pellegrin and Peter van Agtmael).
Claudio Jampaglia, Gaia Mazzolini, Samuele Pellecchia (Prospekt Photographers) with André Liohn.
Special thanks to the photo agencies: VII, Corbis, Prospekt, Reuters.
We choose the name “ADIL-Almost Dawn in Libya” in memory of the photojournalists Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros and Anton Hammerl.
Sebastian Junger (Tim’s best friend and co producer of Restrepo), Chris’ brother Dean Hondros and Anton’s wife Penny Sukhraj loved the idea of ADIL and decided to share a message of their feelings about the Libyan revolution and the lost of their family and friends. They produced texts included in ADIL project and exhibitions. To all of them our thankfulness.
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