LEAVE US ALONE PROJECT

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anti-war photography project PRESS RELEASE

By: Bahar Atamyildiz

Somalilandsun – Our objectives are to open world-wide exhibitions which will consist of wounded Iraqi civillians portraits taken by Niko Guido and say “No to War” by pointing to the consequences of war. During the exhibitions, wounded Iraqi civillians stories will accompanied photographs.

We are growing rapidly each day. Growing like snowball… Our voice is getting stronger and deeper. However we have to keep working and growing. We have to say “No to War!” with a stronger voice. We have to shout out loudly.

Concept and the story of the project:

Niko Guido’s been to Amman, capital of Jordan, in 2010 as well as last year, portraying Iraqi civilians who had plastic surgeries and decided to create an ati-war photography project. Afterwards houndreds of volunteers from all over the world joined this project. They have been making great effort realizing this project.

According to the concept of the exhibition, 5 minutes of voices of each photographed Iraqi has been recorded. In this record, the wounded Iraqis introduce themselves and tell about their lives ”before the bomb” and how those were forever altered. There will be an interview under each photograph and people will share the emotions of Iraqi people on the photographs through the voices of anti-war drama artists.

Let’s be clear: Our World is becoming nothing less than a photographic garbage bin. Our brains, fed up by visual media, are not affected by powerful imagery as they used to just a few years ago. It is getting harder every single day for the documentary photographer to draw attention to the problems of the World and Humankind. It is for this very reason that we decided on an exhibition format in which we are bringing ”the stories and the photographs” together.

On my last visit an Iraqi, who had more than 30 operations on his face, commented as follows: “We don’t want your civilization, money or modern living…

Just LEAVE US ALONE.”

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are preparHelp stop thising an anti-war photography project related to the wounded Iraqi civilians during the Iraq war. It is our intention to organize exhibitions in March 2013 (marking the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war) in the USA, in England as well as in cities around the World, displaying how the war affected the lives of the civilians in Iraq and say “No to War”.

Niko Guido’s been to Amman, capital of Jordan, in 2010 as well as last year, portraying Iraqi civilians who had plastic surgeries.

According to the concept of the exhibition, 5 minutes of voices of each photographed Iraqi has been recorded. In this record, the wounded Iraqis introduce themselves and tell about their lives ”before the bomb” and how those were forever altered.

You can find the details of the project from our website.

http://www.leaveusaloneproject.org 

We need volunteers who have friends or contacts working at art galleries, photography associations, universities, anti-war associations, media,press and municipalities all around the world.

King Regards,

Bahar Atamyildiz

Project Volunteers

Bahar_Atamyildiz@live.com

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