A series of exhibitions with artists and collectives who use photography to contest dominant visual narratives of conflicts.
Slought is pleased to announce The Image-Event: A Joint Struggle, an exhibition that features the archive of the photographic collective Activestills. An opening reception will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6-9pm, with a conversation featuring Vered Maimon, Paul Weinberg, Ahmad al-Bazz, and Shiraz Grinbaum at 7pm.
Working in Palestine/Israel since 2005, the collective is comprised of Palestinian, Israeli, and international activist-photographers. Approaching the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea as one, the collective works to advocate against the most blatant attack on human rights and freedom within these borders by Israel against the Palestinian population. One of the collective’s main subjects of documentation is the various forms of resistance against this project, on both sides of the Green Line. In addition, Activestills covers various topics including women’s rights, LGTBQI rights, migrant-workers’ rights, refugees’ struggle for recognition, animal rights and other struggles for freedom and equality.
The exhibition emphasizes how the images produced by Activestills emerged from close collaborations with specific communities and organizations, working against political consensus. On the one hand, it focuses on long-term documentary projects in which photographers expose different centralized colonist segregation and separation strategies such as land dispossession, house demolitions, relocations, forced removals, movement restrictions, and economic exploitation. On the other hand, it profiles the consistent commitment to documentation by the collective of major and minor acts of resistance often beyond the headlines of demonstrations, direct actions and funeral processions. It also points to the way the collective’s images were used for publication and advocacy; displayed in exhibitions within the sites of struggle; in public spaces; and circulated in different platforms as a way to propagate the struggle beyond the confines of oppressed communities.
This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.