31st Oct. 09, Quebec City, Canada
The past months have been busy, to say the least. In a mashed sum up of my errands, I’ve been able, most importantly, to complete my M.A. program at the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Also related to academia, I have continued to work with Professor Kimball (Laval) and been assisting Professor Rao (SOAS), I have also attended the DSEI in London, while continuing to translate for IANSA. I will also be heading to Nepal in January 2010 to work with the UNRCPD in Kathmandu and I am truly thrilled by this opportunity.
On Photojournalism, it has been a spectacular year for Stigmat Photo. The young enterprise is still growing strong and expanding its network overseas while diversifying its work and social involvement at home. Thanks to the enthusiastic support from OFQJ and LOJIQ, we recently traveled to Perpignan with the Stigmat Photo crew for a second consecutive year, to attend and present our work at Visa Pour l’Image . Also,thanks to Karim, AC-Press and Out of Paris Photo, my work and Renaud Philippe’s has been been presented at the ‘Assises internationales du Journalisme et de l’Information / International Conference on Journalism and Information, co-organized by the European Council,
In a series of posts I’ll review a few notable things of the last months and present what’s coming up on a personal side as well as for Stigmat Photo. I have now traveled back to Canada for a few months leaving London behind, only for a short while. Welcome back on http://www.davidbrulotte.com
And while it is much waited for, it doesn’t seem in the end that the infamous Indian Summer is in sight. unfortunately. here’s a cheesy snap to compensate.
Stigmat Photo was recently awarded a number of prizes in Quebec City for the company’s development and social involvment.
First, Stigmat Photo won a prize from the Youth International Office of Quebec (Office Jeunesse Internationaux du Quebec OJIQ) for it’s developmemnt and involvemnent on the internaitonal scene, especially from its participation at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan in 2008.
Moreover, the work and business development of Stigmat Photo was highlighted by an award offfered by “Le Soleil” newspaper in Quebec City in an article published on Sunday the 28th of June 2009.
Also, Radio-Canada has also interviewd the members of Stigmat that are based in Quebec City at the moment and will air the interview at the evening news program “Le telejournal” on Sunday 28th.
The last but definitly not the least, Stigmat Photo received a grant from OFQJ to be able to return to Perpignan and attend Visa Pour l’Image in 2009 coupled with a grant from Bombardier. That’s a lot of good news, to say the least, for the Agency.
On my part, I am heading back to Quebec, Canada tomorrow for a three week break and some study and photo related work!
Today opens at Science Po Lille (Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille) an exhibition that I have been working on for a few months and which will expand and develop over the next three years, via the INFOCON-Project, steered by the Internationalist Foundation
“Here and There” is seeking a better understanding of the relationship between diaspora communities and their home counties sometimes affected by conflicts or tensions, internal or external. This exhibit is part of the first of three conference cycles organized via the INFOCON project in order to better disseminate the findings and trends the research has so far laid out. The is therefore the debut of an exploration, a project very close to the people, their emotions and sometimes their sensitivities. It promises to bring great photographic result, maybe with only subtle visual impact, but most importantly with deep, personal perspectives on human beings, their experiences and their evolution moving across borders in our ever more integrated world. I have thus explored various Diasporas in London and abroad and will continue to work with them in the next two years along with the academic research being carried on. With the help of close friends in London, I have been able to get in touch with Rwandas, Iraqis, Kurds, Moldovan and, with the help of my great friend and colleague Renaud Philippe from Stigmat Photo, with various actors of the Tibetan community in London and India.
As this is an evolving project you are very much encouraged to leave comments and suggestions hereafter.
* The exhibit will be on display at Science Po Lille until May the 14th, the conference taking place on the 6th and 7th.
Commissioned by the Internationalist Foundation (IF), with whom I started to work since the debut in 2006, I am now working on a 3 year project to explore the relationship between Diasporas and Conflicts. IF’s INFOCON project, “aims to promote a better understanding of how Civil Society Organizations representing Transnational Communities can work on preventing and resolving conflicts in Europe and worldwide.” The Project is financed by the EU and steered by the Internationalist Foundation and and involves several research institutes and CSOs from Belgium, the UK, Canada, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The selected regions of origin are to be studies are Turkey, Kosovo and the Great Lakes region in Africa.
Producing a visual documentary along the research lines as so far proved to be a fascinating and a delicate experience. As a platform, London has been fruitful to explore various angles of this project. Nooruz (Persian New Year) was celebrated a few weeks ago in Trafalgar Square. While not the main purpose of the festivities, the social gathering nevertheless reunited Kurds from many Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.
Also, Tuesday the 7th of April will mark 15th year since the Genocide took place in Rwanda. While remaining an understandably highly sensitive issue, a few events will take place in London and elsewhere to commemorate the atrocious anniversary. Survivors Fund (SURF) and Hope Survivors Foundation in collaboration with Amnesty International UK recently held an event for the 15th Anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. I have also been invited to attend an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda on Tuesday to further the work on this aspect of the project.
This is therefore an ongoing photographic project which will cover a larger spectrum and greater number of diasporic communities and actors.