International Slavery Museum – Shoot Nations

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Shoot Nations
Saturday, January 17, 2009 – Sunday, June 28, 2009

An exhibition of photographs taken by young people as part of the Shoot Nations global photographic competition.

The images capture the impact of our changing environment, particularly the effects of global warming and intensive farming.

Climate change is the theme of a fascinating exhibition featuring photographs taken by young people for a worldwide competition.

Collection of images selected from Shoot Nations 2008 in which competitors aged between 11 and 24 tackled the subject ‘Young People in a Changing Climate’.

The aim of the project is to build a global picture of how climate change is affecting young people across the planet, how they can act to slow the change and adapt to inevitable future changes.

Dr Richard Benjamin, head of the International Slavery Museum says: “We are pleased to host an exhibition of works which highlight issues of global inequality as seen and expressed by young people across the world. This is the first in a series of temporary exhibitions which take a closer look at issues highlighted in the museum galleries – from global lifestyle inequalities to racism, discrimination and identity.

“The museum actively campaigns against all forms of contemporary racism, discrimination, slavery and bonded labour. It is an active museum, not a neutral one.

“This exhibition highlights the global impact of our changing environment, particularly the effects of global warming and intensive farming on the earth’s natural resources. Here the feelings and opinions of the world’s youth have been captured and communicated through the art of photography, breaking down the language barrier and promoting global awareness.”

Photography is an ideal medium for cross-cultural communication – without the need for language or literacy – and the pictures speak for themselves.

The colourful images show people and places ranging from sunny beaches and dusty roads to wet grey days and lush uplands.

Shoot Nations is the result of a partnership between Plan, the international children’s charity, and Shoot Experience, a photographic events company. The competition received more than 1,300 images from 104 countries over a 12-week period.

Entrants were asked to enter images expressing their feelings on the following three briefs: How is climate change affecting your life? Act now – be the change! Your world in the future.

Sharon Goulds, Plan UK head of communications, says: “It is crucial to engage young people on environmental issues as it is their generation that will have to deal with the real consequences of climate change in the future. The global nature of Shoot Nations allows us to more fully understand the impact of environmental change in many different parts of the world and also how young people are responding to the challenges that face all of us.”

Founded 70 years ago, Plan is one of the largest child-centred community development organisations in the world. Plan strongly believe that children should be central to community development and that their views should be taken seriously. Shoot Nations is an example of Plan providing an educational space for young people to share their views and experiences.

www.plan-uk.org

Shoot Experience produce interactive photography events, competitions, workshops and courses

www.shootexperience.com

 

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