On The 20th anniversary of the Rwandan massacres I have decided to release 5 photos of major incidences of man’s inhumanity to man for public use. The idea being that anyone can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a dropbox invitation to download these high res files to be used however they like (print and post graffitti-style in public spaces, photos to be framed etc.) in hopes of spreading awareness and pushing towards a kinder gentler future. Blurb on the pieces is below!
*Some of these photos are difficult to look at, but that is also the point.
Photo 1: First major test of a Nuclear weapon at Bimini Island, Polynesia
Photo 2: A group of Children in Auschwitz
Photo 3: Skulls from the Rwandan Genocides museum
Photo 4: The devastation of Hiroshima
Photo 5: The World Trade Center 9/11
*Please reblog and spread the word of remembrance and tolerance even if you do not wish to download any files!
LOVE AND WAR: In Our Time
In the modern age the collective memory (history,) of the world’s society is housed in the easily accessible internet. Most of the major events throughout history are archived in both photographic and literary means; from the Armenian Massacres to Hiroshima, the World Trade centre destruction and the current genocide in Darfur. In this current series, artist, Alex Jowett directs his camera at the internet itself, by aiming his camera at the computer screen and shooting actual file photos from many of the worlds major examples of human atrocity. The photos both direct the viewer’s attention back to the fact that information on all the atrocities can be found in the collective memory of society (the Internet,) but also reflect the human condition of convenient memory loss. The photos themselves have a blurry, pixellated effect which reflect this loss of memory. By directing peoples thinking back to the internet (where much of the catalogued histories remain,) Alex Jowett hopes to refresh the mind of the viewers, in hopes that, future atrocities will not be repeated. The following quote by Adolph Hitler shows the necessity in remembering such atrocities and not simply trying to sweep them under the carpet of the collective conscience,“”Kill without mercy!” the Nazi leader told his military on the eve of the Holocaust. “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
To further this idea of the necessity of memory Jowett often uses quotes as titles for the photos. This way, Jowett says “I am not just showing a picture and saying how in that incident things were as they were, instead by titling the piece other than a direct reference to that moment I am relating, for instance the Holocaust to the Armenian massacres as well as the Rwandan, Kmer Rouge and Darfur massacres. It is once we realize that by allowing one form of genocide to happen we are, as a society, condoning genocide in general!”