Conflict, Time and Photography is a new exhibition at the Tate Modern. As the centenary year of the beginning of the First World War ends, it is a timely inquiry into the memorialisation of conflict. The collection promises to represent the aftermath of conflict in a new light, using photos taken seconds, minutes or years after bombs explode or historical archives are reawakened. As Peace Direct celebrates 10 years of helping to build peace around the world, we visited the show to investigate how conflict is addressed through the camera’s lens.
Last month, Bosnina peacebuilder Vahidin Omanovic gave a guest lecture on our behalf to academics and students of the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Talking about ‘Prospects for Peace in Bosnia’, Vahidin spoke personally of his experiences during the war, his early life as a refugee in Slovakia and, finally, how he overcame his hatred to build peace in Bosnia.
As global campaigns capture the attention of the media, we want to showcase an exceptional grassroots organisation that has been shortlisted for our Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition. Chosen from over 200 organisations for the shortlist, Institut Perempuan (IP) is a peacebuilding organisation that tackles violence against women and human trafficking in Indonesia.
From Argentina to Zambia, Zimbabwe to Azerbaijan, 225 local peacebuilders from 53 countries have entered this year’s competition to find Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders. After weeks of deliberation, 11 organisations have been selected for the shortlist. From this shortlist we’ll select four prize winners announced on Armistice day, 11 November. Whether it is the winners or other entrants, two of these new peacebuilding organisations will join the Grow Peace Fund for 2015.