If religion is not a crime then why are we treated like criminals?
This is my MINOR project I did for my BFA degree in Graphic Design called human INSIDE. Currently on exhibit in Barbados. All photos and concepts are original and done by myself.
The set up is an installation piece, where the images are suspended one after the other, it is meant to be an interactive campaign where people walk through, observe and see 7 phases of discrimination unfolding. To the back of the images are quotes which conveys the message of the each photo essay. The images presented in the series are meant to be interpreted personally and ambiguously. There is a video at the end which shows the transitions from one image to the other to relate the story.
Please share it and spread the message of anti-discrimination and let others know the ugliness of discrimination, we can all work together and put an end to this!
Concept human INSIDE is an anti-discrimination campaign which aims to raise awareness of discrimination and hopefully reduce discrimination as much as possible.
Instead of using people, inanimate objects became the subjects of the photo essays. Each essay tells a story that relates to results of discrimination or how it unfolds.
It is a general comment made towards anyone who practices their religion.
The comment is made towards those who have issues against other religions (be it non-religious people, atheists or those who follow another religion, just general) and who treat those who practice their religion as though it is a crime to be practising it by 'punishing' them through hate crimes and torture.
The whole concept of the campaign is not towards a set group, but to show others the reality of discrimination as it is among every nation and race. It is meant to open other people's eyes of the reality and also to stir something in each of us for us to reflect on.
and now besides my personal thoughts about how critical some of the subjects you´re dealing with are:
you have chosen a really interesting way of depicting social problems, even tho in some i feel i can not entirely understand everything you put into the picture - an interview or video with you talking about your intent and how you decided to stage these photographs would be interesting. to connect the obvious messages to your own view of them and understand them even better, to discuss some matters further - after all those stylized pictures leave a lot room for interpretation.
congratulations on the DD and if you feel like it; i´d really like to have further insight into your project!
The whole idea behind this project was really to break stereotypes, and to bring to light what people overlook. It is really left to interpretation. For me it was the joy of challenging myself to represent issues that we face as a nation and to do so by a means of visual communication. When most of these issues are being addressed usually you find people being the subjects, I wanted to use everyday objects that we come into contact with and tell a story, make people think when they see the images. The topics I chose were racism it could also be bullying,self perception, self esteem issues, ability and disability (impairments), suicide, abuse, religion, violence and freedom.
How to represent this for me was the challenge because I wondered if people would get the messages and I think I succeeded. How people interpret them is really up to them, it's more an internal sense of understanding, feeling and connection and seeing it from either the perspective of the victim or the one causing the damage.
How I presented this has more impact than just looking at still photos on a screen. You can see some more photos on my website here: [link]
Basically viewers walked through a mini gallery and the images were suspended from beams, the messages were at the back and as they walked through they experienced the other images. There's also a video to it as well. The video is quite simple but it's animated to a degree and has sound effects so it tells a story. It's interactive.
religion is not a crime, but many crimes are - and were - comitted under cover of all of the big religions of this world. that´s a fact. (and to make this absolutely clear: i am talking of every single established religion ever.)
religion can become a crime when it is seen as the one and only truth. religion becomes a crime if it is pushed upon others and if those who are not agreeable with it are being harassed, persecuted or attacked.
it is a very touchy subject. and if every person would just carry out their believes silently for themselves, there wouldn´t be any problem. but religion has always inflicted hatred and war in this world, due to people who thought their personal views of it superior. religion, as all believes and convictions, be they political, religious or ideological, can be dangerous.
i am not judging your work. but some replies to it still trouble me.
"the true religion Islam" ? "MANY Atheists hate Religion... no matter what, and they are probably willing to kill the ones who believe" ? i feel that such statements do not fit an objective attempt to deal with problems of the different needs and opinions of people. blaming people who think different, creating the roles of victim and offender is not a way to peaceful coexistance.
this is a very difficult topic. or rahter, as you show it, just one aspect of a great difficulty in life - getting along with other humans.
i think that islam aswell as catholicism (not so sure about judaism, just don´t know much bout it.) aswell as budhism aswell as shinto aswell as other religions have very beautiful aspects to them. but i am just not sure if it is worth all the hatred and bitterness between different groupings, often even within one religion.
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