Darfur Up Close: Exhibit at UN headquarters (New York)
"Darfur Up Close" is a photo exhibition displayed at the visitors lobby of the United Nations Headquarters in New York (1 - 31 July 2011). The 20 panels of the exhibit guide visitors through an emotive and inspiring journey, viewing the many different angles of Darfur, a region located in the north-western part of Sudan that has endured conflict for more than eight years.
It focuses on the more than two million displaced people who live in camps, the efforts to assist them in returning home, the catastrophic effects of violence on the population and the work of the peacekeepers deployed as part of the African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), as well as other political and social events, including the 2010 presidential elections, the referendum on the self-determination of South Sudan and civil demonstrations.
"Darfur Up Close" addresses these topics by spotlighting individuals who live and work in Darfur: displaced persons, refugees, returnees, villagers, soldiers, rebels, peacekeepers and aid workers. The exhibit reflects the ‘zoom effect’ of a lens that travels from wide angle to close-up, with the idea that focusing on specific stories can provide insight to a more generic conflict.
The project underlines the importance of individuals in a situation that is usually treated as a collective. "Darfur Up Close" defends the belief that society begins with the individual. It is time for human stories to be included in the history of Darfur, because no social analysis can be possible without them.
© UNAMID / Albert González Farran