Amid continuing conflict and divisiveness in many parts of the world, the Austrian Embassy in Manila stages an international photo exhibit to promote cross-cultural harmony and understanding.
“We are delighted to unveil our Lomography exhibit ‘We Are One’ in Intramuros,” Austrian ambassador to the Philippines Bita Rasoulian said during the exhibit launch at Fort Santiago.
Rasoulian continued, “Now, more than ever we need to magnify voices and stories of peace, harmony, and unity to drown out narratives of conflict, discrimination, and fear—especially among children and young people.”
The LomoWall showcases 1,800 snapshots submitted by the international Lomography community and community partners across the Philippines. Images feature scenes from the streets of Metro Manila; evacuation camps in Marawi; indigenous groups in Zamboanga; and an Aeta community in Zambales courtesy of MAD Travel, a social tourism platform supporting marginalized communities across Luzon.
“Each photo is unique. In the same way that each human being is unique—in their beliefs, culture, and background. But the beauty of the exhibit lies in how these unique shots come together to make a singular spectacle. Similarly, our diversity is our strength,” explained Arizza Nocum, co-founder of peace education organization KRIS Library.
The LomoWall exhibit forms part of Austria’s commitment to promoting the holistic physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social development of children as stipulated in Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The project is a joint partnership with Lomography Philippines, the Intramuros Administration, visual artist Cavemandraws, and KRIS Library.
We Are One is on view until Feb. 29 at Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier in Fort Santiago, Intramuros. Fort Santiago is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m.
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