Ed Kashi: No Surrender: The Protestants

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PROJECT STATEMENT

No Surrender: The Protestants provides an intimate look at Northern Ireland’s fractious Protestant neighborhoods. This body of work aims to show the loyalist sections of Belfast are far from a ruling upper class and that the real struggle for equality can only begin after peace. Consciously choosing to continue a war can inadvertently turn oneself into one’s own oppressor. Many parts of Ireland are not the happy-go-lucky places often imagined in stories. In Belfast, rainbows, smiling old men, tweed coats, stone fences, and a jubilant lifestyle can be as much a myth as the leprechaun. Rebel songs are still sung at funerals, propagandist murals still loom over streets, politically charged bonfires roar on symbolic holidays, and neighborhoods are fiercely divided. The pain is too fresh to be entirely forgotten and under increasing economic hardship, violence should not be unexpected. “I feel for any man, woman, or child that has had to live in a war and the nightmare stories I’ve heard from both sides are nothing short of shocking: shootings, torture, bombings, riots, prostitution, gun running, and public rape. The majority of these horrors were hidden from newspapers. It was easy to forget that when the IRA fired back against the ‘occupying government’ they didn’t take sharp aim, but instead lashed out at any and all that weren’t from their neighborhood or didn’t go to their church.” – Ed Kashi

ARTIST BIO

Ed Kashi is a critically acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking, and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues. A dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world, Kashi lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights, and the world of media. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. His early implementation of hybrid visual storytelling produced a number of influential short films and in 2015 he was named Pictures of the Year International Multimedia Photographer of the Year. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Open Society Foundations, The New Yorker, MSNBC, GEO, Human Rights Watch, MediaStorm, NBC.com, The New York Times Magazine, Oxfam, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and TIME. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors, and he has published nine books of his photography. In 2002 he formed Talking Eyes Media with his wife and collaborator, Julie Winokur, which is a nonprofit multi-platform storytelling production company. Their latest project is called Newest Americans and focuses on stories about immigration in America since 2014. In 2017 they received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to continue this project, and their work was featured at the 2017 Photoville festival in Brooklyn.

www.edkashi.com  @edkashi

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