The exhibition continues – Uprising and Uprooted: refugees in the Syrian struggle in photo and image

12 juin 2014 | معتمد Other




Photo exhibition

    Until June 21, 2014
    Location: Kahwa café
    263 Mont Royal East (metro Mont Royal)

Tadamon! Montreal invites you to visit the photo exhibition “Uprising and Uprooted: refugees in the Syrian struggle in photo and image”. The exhibit aims to bring to wider public attention the circumstance of the many millions of persons who have sought refuge outside Syria or have been displaced inside Syria and, also, to raise funds to help those in need. Funds will go directly to those in immediate need in refugee camps and/or inside Syria. Donations can be made at the exhibition site or can be made by contacted Tadamon! at 514-664-1036 or

The popular uprising in Syria for liberation and dignity that broke out in March 2011, has, since the beginning, been met with a brutal regime response that has known no limits. The consequences of the Syrian regime’s response have been devastating: destruction of homes, urban neighbourhoods and infrastructure; deepening social divisions that have taken the form of sometimes violent, armed confrontation; deaths of civilians reaching over 150,000 persons; widening fear and distrust; countless injured; the uprooting of millions. In the face and in the aftermath of regime bombardment, siege, atrocity and aggression millions have taken flight and sought refuge within Syria, in neighbouring states and in states beyond the region.

This flight from violence has included residents of the Yarmuk refugee camp in south-west Damascus most of whom – until 2012 – were Palestinian refugees whose original dispossession resulted from the Zionist colonization of Palestine culminating in the 1948 Nakba. The number of persons who have fled Yarmuk in the past year is estimated to exceed 500,000 including the camp’s long-time Palestinian residents and the Syrians who, since 2011, had sought refuge there following outbreaks of fighting in nearby areas. The 18,000 or so residents who now remain in Yarmuk face circumstances of grave humanitarian need – malnutrition, illness, starvation – as a result of a regime-imposed blockade on the area aimed at punishing opposition forces and their sympathizers in the camp.

The uprooting of millions in the context of the Syrian revolutionary struggle constitutes a graphic and all too vivid instance of the devastation that can result for people from the actions of state and non-state actors in a world of national borders, territorial-state claims, colonial domination and exclusionary national projects. “Uprising and Uprooted” tells some of the story of the refugee crisis that has resulted from the actions of a state bent on silencing its own citizens’ calls for liberation from oppressive, authoritarian rule and on quashing popular demands for conditions of justice, respect, equality and dignity.

The photos of the exhibition show Syrian refugees from inside Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Yarmuk refugee camp.

About the photos of the exhibition:

Photos from Jordan by Valérian Mazataud
Born in 1978, Valerian Mazataud is a French freelance documentary photographer based in Montreal, Canada, and working with Canadian medias as Le Devoir, La Presse, l’Actualite or bi-yearly magazine Nouveau Projet. He is represented by Redux Pictures in New-York. He is mainly interested in social justice, minorities, human rights, environment and international stories. He has covered some of the major events of the past few years, from the Haitian earthquake to the drought in Africa, through the Arab spring.
He now works on long term projects such as the social impact of mining on communities. He is also developing a documentary project on the northern suburbs of the island of Montreal.
He has been named best upcoming photojournalist in 2011 by the Quebec journalist association and has been nominated and awarded national as well as international prizes.
His pictures have been showed during the 2011 and 2013 editions of the Quebec photojournalism festival Zoom, as well as during the 2014 Toronto Contact Festival.
He owns a masters degree in agriculture and marine sciences and has been working as a marine biologist, a scuba instructor, a clown and a science educator. He has also traveled around the world by bicycle, during a 16 months and 21000 km trip, between 2002 and 2004.

Photos from inside Syria by Ali Mustafa
Ali was a Toronto-based freelance photojournalist, activist and writer. His work and politics spanned from local organizing in Toronto to working with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, and later to freelancing as a photojournalist in Palestine, Egypt, and Syria. Ali was killed along with seven others on March 9th, 2014 in Aleppo, Syria in an aerial bombing carried out by the Assad government. He had returned to Syria to continue his work exposing the depths of a human tragedy that he believed the rest of the world could no longer afford to ignore.

Photos from Yarmuk refugee camp by Rami al Sayyed
Thirty-year-old Rami Al-Sayyed is one of those who remain in Yarmouk. A talented photographer, he has trained his lens on the suffering of those most vulnerable: the children of Yarmouk. Seventeen of these photographs were exhibited on Twitter and Instagram as an on line exhibition, ‘Cry from the Heart: The Children of Yarmouk’.
Yarmouk was once the vibrant, bustling heart of the Palestine refugee community in Syria, home to over 160,000 Palestinians. Now, Yarmouk is devastated, its name a byword for the suffering of Palestinian and Syrian civilians caught in conflict. The camp was overwhelmed by fighting in December 2012; a months-long siege began in July 2013; and as the fourth year of conflict begins, about 20,000 civilians, the majority Palestine refugees remain – deprived of food and medicine, their clinics and schools closed, their streets and buildings damaged, their access to the outside world largely cut off.

Photos from Lebanon by Umama Hamido
Umama Hamido is a Lebanese artist and photographer, born in Beirut in 1987.
During the beginning of the Syrian revolution, Umama was based in Beirut, the most affected city from the Syrian crisis. She felt bombarded by the contradictions and different positions towards the Syrian crisis. Having also Syrian roots, she decided to visit the North of of Beqaa, where the most affected and vulnerable refugees are based. She worked with Syrian refugees trying to understand their needs and ambitions. These photos were taken in Ersel, a village on the Syrian border with Lebanon, which has a particular case regarding the hostile of the big mass of Syrian refugees. Her photos are the result of a living experience with Syrian refugees where she was able to discover charming aspect that goes beyond suffering.

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**This event is part of ANTI-DEPORTATION DAYS: Two weeks of events, activities and actions demanding STATUS FOR ALL! June 1-15, 2014, Montreal.
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