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!
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
Hyde Park Sydney, Central Avenue near the Archibald Fountain
June 24 – July 3, 2013
Official Opening and Discussion :
Saturday, June 29 at 3pm