Ashley Morgan and Richard Parra.
The photo exhibit features pictures and stories of people living in eight different countries that are currently conflict zones. Through this artwork, faces and names are given to the masses of people who are affected by conflict across the globe. It also highlights the work that the International Committee of the Red Cross is doing to help these people.
At our Preview Event on the opening night of the exhibit, we had volunteers giving tours to guests. Many of these volunteers are Loyola communication students.
I was really impressed with the students’ dedication and interest in the exhibit. They each learned something about the photographs, countries or photographers that was important to them and were able to provoke thought and reflection from our guests.
Last night, some of those students came back to give tours of the exhibit at another event. I asked one student what his favorite part of the exhibit is. He said that the photos give a raw look at what people go through in these different conflict areas around the world, it opens people’s eyes to what is really going on.
Another student said that she notices guests’ reactions to the photos. She said, at first most people are shocked that the things portrayed in the images and stories are actually happening around the world. She said that most people then start to say that something has to be done to help and they really commend the International Committee of the Red Cross for all the work that they do.
Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Frontlines continues through November 20, 2009 at 51 E Pearson Street Foyer Chicago, IL. The exhibit is FREE and the hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 7p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5p.m.
To learn more about this exhibit and other events that explore humanitarian issues click here!