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UNITY – Photography and issues of social justice: collaborative exhibition

Posted: 27 April, 2017

UNITY is an online exhibition curated by third year students of photography in DIT, about the role of the photographer as researcher.

It features fifteen reflections on using photography with individuals and social justice advocates to represent the impact on people's lives of human rights and equality issues.  It will be launched on Thursday 27 April and will run at The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar until April 30th.

Beginning with an engagement with The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), the project has been developed online to reveal the surprises and rewards of creative collaboration and participation that might not otherwise be very visible or accessible. The stories and images reflect on the challenges and rewards of finding visual strategies in advocacy work for social justice.

UNITY is a collaboration by Claire Behan, Jamie Brady, Suzanne Dillon, Róisín Duff, Georgina Havlin, Billie Johnson, Madison Koehler (Columbia College Chicago), Ciára McEntee, Brian Malone, Wanderley Massafelli, Manuela Mentel, Martin O’Neill, Max Ott, Billy Redmond and Deirdre Wray, who are in the third year of their studies in photography at Dublin Institute of Technology.

The group says that “the curatorial approach underpinning our development of this project online is characterised by accessibility, openness and collaboration. We align ourselves with those who work tirelessly to contribute to a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding within Ireland.”

The accompanying exhibition of images runs until 30 April at The Library Project.