Concerned Citizens and Active Stills Presents
Photographic Exhibition to Raise Awareness About Upcoming UN Decision on Palestinian
Opening Date: Friday 19th August, 2011
Concerned Citizens is a diverse community of more than 60 artists and musicians from
around New Zealand that unite regularly to put on public events exhibitions and
concerts. These events provide an eclectic showcase of local and international art,
music, film, and seminars, while raising funds and awareness in support of a range
of positive social and political causes. Our primary focus is to generate discourse
about issues of social justice and causes we feel are not getting the attention they
In September, every country in the UN General Assembly (including New Zealand) will
make a decision about whether or not they recognize Palestine as a state. In the
case of New Zealand, Foreign Minister Murray McCully will make this decision on our
behalf. Despite international opinion being overwhelmingly in favour of recognising
Palestinian statehood, Mr McCully’s track record suggests that his decision may be
influenced more by NZ-US trade relations than upholding basic human rights.
Since there is likely to be very little media coverage of this issue until after the
decision is made, we would like to bring it to the attention of the New Zealand
public. A sufficiently widespread expression of public opinion is likely to be
effective in swaying McCully’s decision in favour of humanitarian concern.
To achieve this goal, we are currently organising a series of large collaborative
photography exhibitions in cities around the country, opening in Wellington on
Friday August 19th.
The central exhibit in each city will be a collection of works provided by Active
Stills, a collective of Israeli and Palestinian photographers using photography as a
creative means of non-violent resistance to the illegal Israeli occupation of
To support the central exhibit and extend the exhibition to the broader community,
we’re inviting professional and amateur photographers in each city to contribute
work. We’re expecting the content to be diverse, involving both political and
The event will be combined with film screenings, public seminars and live music,
coordinated through the Concerned Citizens website (www.concernedcitizens.co.nz).
Like previous Concerned Citizens activities, these exhibitions will be
community-oriented events that showcase local talent while raising awareness about
an important social issue.
Saturday 13 August at 3:00pm – 14 August at 01:00
Location: Above People’s Coffee, Garrett St
Concerned Citizens, in association with Vic Students for Palestine, are putting on another gig at Garrett St, this time to raise funds for nationwide photography exhibitions to raise awareness about New Zealand’s role in the upcoming UN decision on the recognition/non-recognition of Palestine as a state.
This will be another early-starting, super-diverse, mega-goodtime party with ELEVEN excellent bands!
Seth Frightening, Numbskull,… Cosby Pills and Hash, Uncle Thundermaker, Big Rik, The Shadow Blasters, Tommy and the Fallen Horses, Albert Williams, The All-Seeing Hand, Nervous System, Mongo Skato
Early start! Bands at 3pm
The gig will be helping to fund a nationwide series of photography exhibitions in August!