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‘Reportage Censored’ Extended Thanks and Conclusion for the Coming Days…

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Well Reportage Censored officially opened yesterday with some great talks by MP Amanda Fazio, Mike Bowers, David Maurice Smith and Festival Director Stephen Dupont

Now is the time for extended thanks and an update as to the conclusion of the Exhibition in the coming days…

 

Ed Giles, Reportage’s Projections Editor is back into gear after the Festival, home in Cairo and covering the events unfolding…

Big thank you to Ed for all his work this year at the Festival and he was missed yesterday at the opening of  Reportage Censored that he co-curated together with Assistant Director Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario.

Ed was one of the driving forces to get the projections seen by the public and the images out on the street!
He was also one of the photographers affected by the censorship of the projections.

Reportage extends special thanks to…

Anna Sinclair, Mike Bowers, Michael Corridore, Hannah Rose Robinson, Damian Garbenis, Holly High, Jessie DiBlasi, Jeremy Amann, Photoville, Canon, Sam Barzilay, Laura Roumanos, Russell Frederick, Nathalie Swainston, Iona Uzell, Noorderlicht’s ‘Cruel and Unusual’ curated by Hester Keijser and Pete Brook, Bruce Gilden and Magnum, Sydney Posters, Coda Audio, all the participating photographers, Reportage
supporters and all the Reportage Censored volunteers.

And to all the speakers that came out yesterday…

David Maurice Smith, MP Amanda Fazio, Mike Bowers and Festival Director Stephen Dupont.

At the end of the installation we will be posting online, the feedback we have received from the public over the course of the Reportage Censored Exhibition. This information will be compiled and forwarded to Destination NSW and the Minister for Tourism.

Whether they choose to consider the information forwarded to them is beyond our control, but we have information stating that people ARE interested to take an active decision into what they want to see in Sydney Cultural events in the future.

We can only hope that this will continue in the coming years as both the local and State government have made a five year agreement and investment in Sydney’s cultural activity:

http://sydneyyoursay.com.au/document/show/201
If you haven’t been down yet come and check out Reportage Censored before it comes down on July 3, it is open from 10am to 7pm daily and will close late afternoon on Wednesday July 3.

Thanks for all your support!

 

Photo: © Ed Giles

Family members of Ahmed Abdul Khalim, 24, a demonstrator killed in violent clashes with Egyptian security forces in previous days, cry as the coffin of Khalim is carried by on March 8, 2013, in Port Said, Egypt.’

 

 

Reportage Censored Exhibition Opening Conversation – *Tomorrow On Site* Saturday June 29, 3pm, Hyde Park Sydney

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Join us tomorrow Saturday June 29 at 3pm in Hyde Park Sydney ‘rain or shine’ for the opening conversation of ‘Reportage Censored’ 

Speakers include:
Director of Photography at The Global Mail Mike Bowers, Oculi photographer David Maurice Smith, Reportage Festival Director Stephen Dupont and MP Amanda Fazio who bought the issue to the attention of the NSW Parliament.

Hope to see you there!

Reportage Censored and censorship of documentary images discussed on ‘The Project’ last night on Channel 10

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Last night in Australia in between a lengthened episode dedicated to the Labour Party Leadership Ballot…  Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’ brought into discussion the ‘Reportage Censored’ Exhibition in Hyde Park, censored images were highlighted and there was a brief discussion as to whether these images should or should not be shown in public.

Two out of the three presenters said that there was nothing wrong with showing the images in a public space and implied that it was our duty to explain to our children these stories and what is going on in the world. They also commented on the fact that children see more offensive imagery in children’s programs and films, whilst are also subjected to explicit advertising imagery whilst passing through the city on a regular basis. One said that he agreed but would prefer them to be in a private space.

Oculi Photographer David Maurice Smith whose images and film from the rural Aboriginal community of Wilcannia, NSW ‘Living in the Shadows’ was banned, was interviewed on site for the program.

The episode of ‘The Project’ can be viewed here.

The Reportage Censored discussion is at 46.48 minutes of the program

Reportage Censored Featured in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

‘Reportage Censored’ Exhibition featured in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph today…

Reportage asks the public, does you find this image suitable for public viewing?

In respect to the article and comments made by Sandra Chipchase CEO of Destination NSW

“All the images could be seen at various locations during Vivid, including Customs House, Ten by Eight Gallery and the Cleland Bond Building in The Rocks.”

This statement is false. Whilst some of the projection images of Raul Canibano Ercilla were on display in his exhibition at Customs House, none of the other images were on exhibition anywhere else during Vivid. 10×8 Gallery had other exhibitions not directly related to the Reportage Projections and Cleland Bond had a collective exhibition called ‘Home’ that also came under scrutiny due to two images containing slight nudity although it was a printed exhibition indoors.

Our purpose is to let these projections be seen, images and stories that were not seen elsewhere except on one evening at Customs House. An evening that Reportage had previously organised to screen a selection of the projections that had more explicit content.

When David Burnett’s show ‘The Presidents’ opened at The Australian Centre for Photography the ‘uncensored’ projections were placed in their foyer on a small screen with continuos playback as a show of support for the photographers and their work and they will remain there until the show finishes.

You can read the article on The Australian here.

* Please note the image of Andrew Quilty’s ‘The view towards Melbourne from a ridge near Kingslake, 2009’ has been cropped in the article for some reason and is actually a panorama landscape.

 Photo: Simona Ghizzoni/ Contrasto

Two years after the Israeli operation “Cast Lead” (2008-2009) the Gaza Strip was still living in a limbo, worsened by the closure of the borders and the following severe economical crisis along with the complete isolation of the population.

The ongoing condition of extreme instability is leading to an increase of psychological and physical affections. In this environment women and children are often paying the highest price: they cannot overcome the violence they experienced or saw in the war, perpetuated by the long-term conflict that still takes a heavy toll on the population.

When I met Jamila, she was 40. During the war she moved with her family to the nearest UNRWA School, a place supposed to be protected from the bombings. She was injured by a small rocket that hit her legs while on her way back home to get some baby-diapers she forgot when she fled.

She’s now permanently disabled and in need for constant treatment. When she talked to me, Jamila appeared totally overwhelmed by the idea of ‘not being a good mother’, because she was not self-efficient anymore.

Beit Lahyia. Gaza Strip. March 27, 2011

 

Reportage Censored – June 24 – July 3, 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Reportage Censored

The Reportage Team is proud to announce Reportage Censored, an exhibition and discussion that we have been planning and can finally bring to you thanks to the support of our photographers, friends, family and a couple of generous benefactors.

Reportage Censored brings to the NSW public the entire uncut selection of documentary stories that were set to feature at Reportage this year on the VIVID Sydney ‘Light Walk’, before the majority were excluded by Destination NSW on the grounds the images were too distressing or offensive for public viewing.

These outdoor projections included some of the world’s best documentary photography from some of the most acclaimed photographers today.

The full uncensored works of the 2013 Reportage Projections will be made available to the public, as well as printed poster images of a selection of the censored works in three shipping containers in Hyde Park, a highly-trafficked public space. Under each image will be the question ‘Do you find this image suitable for public viewing?’.

These containers were originally used for the Photoville exhibition at the 2013 Reportage Festival and housed installations concentrating on human rights issues and social justice. The ‘Reportage Censored’ exhibition was inspired by this installation and forges the way for these spaces to engage the public in important human, social and political issues, as well as becoming symbols of freedom of speech.

Reportage presents these works in an open space, as a way of allowing you, the public, to make your own decision and bring to the fore a discussion about what is, or is not, appropriate for your own viewing. We believe it is important for Destination NSW, a statutory authority responsible for some of NSW’s signature cultural events, to hear your feedback. We also want to hear your opinions.

Reportage hopes that this exhibition will create an interesting and progressive discussion about what is seen in the public sphere, the role of photography and the Arts in the community and also broader freedom of expression issues.

Rain or shine Reportage Censored will be open from Monday, June 24 from 10am to 7pm and will run daily until Wednesday, July 3 in Hyde Park Sydney.

Please join us for the official opening of Reportage Censored and a discussion regarding the issues at hand next Saturday, June 29 at 3pm in Hyde Park on site.

Show your support, spread the word and hope to see you this week and especially next Saturday!

 

‘Ishinomaki, Japan.
Hikari Oyama, 8, plays with bubbles, after she and her grandmother payed their respects at the memorial to victims of the last year’s tsunami at the Okawa Elementary School, where 74 children were killed and 4 are still missing, on March 11, 2012 near Ishinomaki, Japan.’

Photo: Daniel Berehulak /Getty

 

Reportage Censored

Where: 
Hyde Park Sydney, Central Avenue near the Archibald Fountain

When: 
June 24 – July 3, 2013

Official Opening and Discussion : 
Saturday, June 29 at 3pm