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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!
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.