Shooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens

Jazmin teaching. Photo by Shooting Cameras for Peace staffer Ximena Vargas, Colombia. Courtesy Shooting Cameras for Peace.

November 17, 2011-May 31, 2012

“[The children’s work] will touch your eyes and souls in a profound way.”
– Vista al Sur (Colombian film/photography magazine)

The young Colombian photographers’ images have graced the walls of the U.N. General Assembly Building and the National Geographic Society, but for the children, the exhibits in their own communities are the most meaningful. Over the past ten years, the Shooting Cameras for Peace program has been teaching children of families who have fled violence and poverty in the Colombian countryside how to use photographs to explore and express their own identities within their new communities.

The exhibition opens Thursday November 17, 2011 with a free reception from 5–7 PM, and will remain on view through May 31, 2012.

Colombia is one of several sites worldwide where two non-profit groups, Shooting Cameras for Peace and the AjA Project, connect cameras with children whose families have been displaced by violence or economic strife. The exhibition reveals the children’s world as they see it—creating pinhole images, playful experiments with mirrors, and photo letters—and how they exhibited it in their new hometowns.

The exhibition is co-curated by Lisa Barbash, Associate Curator of Visual Anthropology, and Guest Curator Alex Fattal, Harvard graduate student in Social Anthropology and Shooting Cameras for Peace founder.