"Are we condemned to be largely spectators? Can we affect the course of events?2"
2 Sebastião Salgado
1 James Nachtwey
The images collected here begin in Kabul, Afghanistan 2001-2002, The Republic of Niger food shortage of July 2005, and the earthquake in Kashmir Pakistan, November 2005.
The exhibition is designed to try and give a voice, through the power of their own image, to people whose lives’ have been caught up in a humanitarian crisis.
" The humanitarian vocation is highly ecumenical, and yet there is at least one basic feature shared by all non-state humanitarian actors. I am thinking of the core of "humanitarian reason" : when faced with the suffering of others, near or far, silence and inaction are impossible to countenance. Thus is passivity indistinguishable from complicity, which explains the activist, interventionist nature of humanitarian logic. Of course, the humanitarian injunction against silence and passivity is not itself a solution to the suffering of others, but it captures the essence of the moral logic behind humanitarian action. " Edward Rackley.