Tuesday, August 22, 2006


James Moore, of the John Moore Foundation, a highly prestigious organization that has a long history of supporting the arts in the UK (the prestigious John Moore Prize for painters amongst other art projects that are funded in Liverpool) approached Mai Ghoussoub of Saqi books to express his sorrow and anger at the Israeli aggression on Lebanon and asked her if she would be interested in curating/organizing an exhibition about Lebanon to take place during the Liverpool Biennale which is due to start on 15 September.

James Moore has put a 5 storey building at the disposal of local artists to exhibit during the Biennale, and he is offering 2 floors for a show on Lebanon.

The idea is to ask Lebanese people, those who have been affected by the war and those who have lived through its traumatic period, to express through taking one or 2 photographs how they felt, and feel now, about the war and how it has affected and altered their lives.

The hope is not to receive photographs of physical damages such as destruction of buildings and roads etc., of which there is abundance in the media.

UMAM -Documentation and Research-is taking in charge the organization from the Lebanese side and will be curating this exhibition in Beirut as soon as possible.

Photos from film camera, digital camera and mobile phone camera are welcome.

There is no age limit

Deadline September 05 2006 at 6 pm

Size for photos that will be sent by email: 1000 pixels (the largest side of the photo) in RGB mode saved in Jpeg 6

Make sure that the file is saved under your name

Please send your digital photos at hagegilbert@gmail.com

For prints please call 03760581 or 03235753

Lens on Lebanon: Grassroots media activism

Lens on Lebanon is a grassroots documentary initiative formed during the devastating Israeli bombardment of 2006.
This initiative has been structured as a collaborative endeavor in which Lebanese in the south and the southern suburbs of Beirut, along with Palestinian refugees and other vulnerable communities, will team up with networks of activists, artists and filmmakers, both locally and abroad, to create a community media website for both political and historical documentary purposes.

Donated equipment is currently being distributed by a network of experienced volunteers. We have assistants in Sidon, Beirut, and Tyre, and extensive contacts in the south and in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Lens on Lebanon is also working in close coordination with existing activist groups, including the International Solidarity Movement (now operating in Lebanon) and other relief organizations such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

How you can help

While our volunteer network on the ground is ready and operational, and we have received significant donations of equipment, our financial resources are very limited. We are seeking monetary donations to cover the costs of additional editing equipment, transportation expenses, and overall maintenance expenses for the website.

While further donations of equipment are welcome, at the present moment operating costs are our most pressing concern.

Online donations can be made through Paypal on our donations page.

For those who would like to make a donation, but require a 501c(3) tax deduction form, please contact us directly at: info@lensonlebanon.org.

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