On 11th October 2011 in Brussels, International Alert launched in Brussels Different faces, shared hopes: The human side of conflict, a photographic exhibition on the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The exhibition captures faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict in the South Caucasus, and aims to raise awareness about this conflict which is still ongoing - just on Europe's doorstep.
In March-April 2011, International Alert commissioned a series of portraits of people throughout the conflict-torn region of Nagorno-Karabakh from international award-winning photographer Jonathan Banks. The aim of the project was to capture faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict, where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace. As one of the participants in our peacebuilding initiatives put it, “We are all human beings who deserve a life of certainty and hope for the future”.
The photos are accompanied by quotes from a group of international experts who travelled with International Alert to the conflict region to share their wisdom, experience and passion for peacebuilding with local civil society representatives, government officials, media and our counterparts in the region. Our deepest gratitude goes to Katherine Clerides, Emine Çolak, Kutlay Erk, Sean Farren, Takis Hadjidemetriou, Denis Haughey, Fezile Ishik, Clem McCartney, Meltem Onurkan Samani, and Jonathan Powell, for their words which so powefully complement these photos and hilight the different aspects of peacebuilding.
The launch was attended by civil society representatives, EU institutions, and representatives from both the Armenian and Azerbaijani embassies. Part of the exhibition was also displayed in the European Parliament's building for the event The European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh: Progress and Prospects, which took place on 19th October as part of the EPNK consortium, of which Alert is the lead agency (find out more).
The exhibition will be on display in Brussels's Tour & Taxis until 9th November, and Alert is planning on taking it to the South Caucasus in January 2012.
DIFFERENT FACES, SHARED HOPES
The human side of conflict
11th October - 9th November 2011
Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86c
B 1000 - Bruxelles
B 1000 - Brussel