Photo exhibition: Dispossessed but Defiant: Indigenous Struggles from Around the World: Nov. 26-28 & Dec. 1- 9: 7:00-10:00pm. Dec 6, 2:00-6:00pm. Launch Reception: Dec 2: 7:00-10:00pm featuring a panel discussion, dramatic reading and refreshments. Admission Free at all times.
The exhibition, produced by the CJPME Foundation, features over 120 visually compelling photos taken by both professional and amateur photographers at pivotal moments of indigenous peoples’ struggles in South Africa, Palestine, and Canada. Photos spanning 150 years of history – from the very earliest days of photography – form this exhibition. The exhibition is moving and inspirational, and provides fresh insights into the histories of indigenous struggles.
The Canadian segment includes many rarely seen images, of Indigenous life in the late 1800s and early 1900s, of the controversial residential schools system, and of more recent confrontations over land claims, resource extraction projects, and fishing rights. The CJPME Foundation gratefully acknowledges The First Nations of Canada who contributed photos to the exhibition, despite the current demands of their ongoing struggle to overcome the legacy of the residential schools system; and thanks the Presbyterian Church of Canada, which has owned up to its part in the residential school tragedy, for helping to provide photos for this segment.
All three segments of the exhibition have been developed in close consultation with recognized academic specialists in the three respective geographical areas covered. See more re the South African and Palestinian Segments.The exhibition’s South African segment includes photos by internationally renowned photographers Eli Weinberg; Pulitzer prize-winner Greg Marinovich; David Goldblatt; Themba Nkosi; Mike Mzileni; and Sam Nzima, who incurred the wrath of South Africa’s security police when his Soweto massacre photos flashed around the world in 1976. This segment has been produced in close collaboration with UWT-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives, University of Cape Town Libraries and Museum Africa, who were eager to share images of the inspiring struggle against apartheid.
The Palestinian segment includes many photos never before exhibited in Canada, covering 120 years of Palestinian history. Assembled with the help of scholars Elias Sanbar and Walid Khalidi, while also drawing from UN archives, ActiveStills, and the US Library of Congress’s Matson Collection, they reveal oft-forgotten aspects of Palestinians’ history.