‘In Transit’ Exhibition

An exhibition on the Calais Jungle and Dunkirk Refugee Camps by Jacky Chapman and myselfIn Transit Exhibition

On the same week that we hammered our photographs up on the wall, 10,000 people were evicted from the Calais Jungle and the remaining structures were razed to the ground.

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We had good feedback from our first venue which was really rewarding:

“In Transit provided us with a platform to engage student across the curriculum and wider cultural, social, global and most importantly humanitarian issues that are to often skewed by social media and the press. Jacky and Janine’s sensitive and extremely well observed photos engaged our students from Year 6 up to Year 13 into these wider global issues and our responsibilities.  

The exhibition brings the migrant crisis literally to our doorstep, the powerful visuals evoke and provoke a reaction. These are insights and detail we are not used to seeing, the day to day living in the camps, the true reality of refugee’s situations. The exhibition opens the door to wider conversations and deeper understanding and empathy.  As well as invaluable educational stimulus across many subject areas (Geography, History, PSHE, RT, Art, Architecture, English) it teaches our students about their place in the world to make positive change”.    Sue Mulholland Director of Art, Dulwich College

Below: a small selection from the exhibition. photographs © Janine Wiedel

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Irish Tinkers, Travellers in the 1970s

Very pleased to have my photographs in Life Force ‘the magazine of the photo-essay’ .

From IRISH TINKERS, A portrait of Irish Travellers in the 1970s

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Black Lives Matter – London Solidarity

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“Black Lives Matter”! Over a thousand people marched through Central London to show their solidarity with the hundreds of black Americans who have died at the hand of police officers in recent years and outraged by the most recent shootings of two unarmed black men: Alton Sterling from Louisiana and Philando Castile from  Minnesota.

 

 

 

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“Hands up Don’t shoot”

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Kurds ask Britain to Break the Silence

Kurds ask UK government to Break their Silence and Stop Supporting Turkish State War on Kurds & end mass murder of the Kurdish people in Turkey. March & Rally central London

The Kurdish march was charged with emotion and anger. The aim was to break the silence of the UK media and government regarding Turkey’s war on and persecution of this resilient community. Currently Turkey’s entrance into the EU as well its geographical position next to Syria play a major roll in silencing the West on human rights issues. Once again the Kurds were automatically blamed for the latest bombing in Ankara.

The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) have been labelled terrorists by President Erdogen. Over the years, Turkey’s long battle against them has resulted in more than a quarter of a million people being driven from their homes. In the past four months, state security forces have killed 268 civilians as tanks and heavy artillery are being used on densely populated communities in southern Turkey.

Kurds ask UK government to Break their Silence and Stop Supporting Turkish State War on Kurds & end mass murder of the Kurdish people in Turkey. March & Rally central London

The Kurdish history is long and complex and as I am currently trying to understand it myself so won’t attempt to write it down! I just spent the weekend with the Iraqi Kurds in Dunkirk and heard many personal stories of the horrifying persecution they suffered and in this case hopefully escaped from.

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Speak up and help to end the mass murder of the Kurdish people

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British Life Photography Awards 2016

Last night I enjoyed seeing the wide selection of images on view at The Mall Gallery private viewing of British Life Photography Awards. I was really pleased to have winners in two categories (‘Life at Work’ and ‘Historic’).  I also had two further images highly commended and eight included in the book published by Dewi Lewis.

While feeling a bit “historic” as I look at my older images, it also made me reflect on how much photography has changed.  Perhaps the biggest change being that today we have the luxury of instantly seeing/checking that we have captured the image. In the past we were shooting in a sense blind and then worrying until the film emerged from the tank (far too late to re-shoot). Those long days in the darkroom with chemicals are now substituted by unhealthy hours in front of a screen working with hyper sharp pixels. With the democratization of photography many of our skills are now redundant but in the end I guess it has always depended on how you use the images and what you want to say with them.

Anti-Apartheid and free Nelson Mandela march & rally in London in the 1985

Winner of “Historic”:   Standing up Against Apartheid 1985

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Winner of “Work in the community” : Throwing & Winding at Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company in Sudbury Suffolk UK

Police resting while policing the Grunwick protest London 1976

Resting with the Queen at Grunwick protest London 1976 (highly commended)

Grunwick (film processing company) strike and protests in London 1977

Tea for the Boys,  Willesden North London 1976 (highly commended)

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Off to Brighton on Annual London to Brighton Vintage car race

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Waiting on the Verge, Cheadle West Midlands

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Chain Maker at Eliza Tinsley, The Black Country Birmingham in the 1978

Riot police marching through St Agnes Place Kennington South London evicting residents from 21 houses that had been squatted for the past 30 years.

Evicting St Agnes Place Squat Kennington South London.  For over 30 years the 21 houses had been home to a fluid and diverse range of groups and individuals. Overnight 150 people were left homeless and within weeks the 21 houses were demolished.

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Neo-Nazis in Dover: 30th Jan 2016

My day on Saturday was depressing and terrifying! A National Front organized anti- immigration / anti-refugee rally taking place in Dover…the main port of entry for refugees & migrants.

It began with a peaceful gathering of anti-fascist protesters listening to speeches in the town square while the right wing Neo-Nazi extremists were at the railway pub a short distance away tanking up on beer, chanting racist slogans, and making Hitler salutes.

The day quickly turned violent as the Anti-fascists stormed through the high street to confront and stop the racist march from taking place. Hundreds of riot Police screeched into action trying to separate the groups.

Unite Against Fascism UAF combating the Far Right groups at Anti-Immigration anti-Refugee rally organised by the National Front in Dover Kent January 30 2016

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Unite Against Fascism UAF combating the Far Right groups at Anti-Immigration anti-Refugee rally organised by the National Front in Dover Kent January 30 2016

Right Wing groups taking part in an Anti-Immigration anti-refugee Rally organized by the National Front in Dover Kent Jan 30th 2016

The neo-Nazis gathering

Waving Nazi /neo-Nazi 'sunwheel" flags,right wing extremist groups at an Anti-Immigration anti-refugee Rally organized by the National Front Dover Kent Jan 30th 2016

Rocks, bricks and bottles were flying through the air (weapons later retrieved by the police included lock-knifes, knuckle dusters, metal poles, pieces of wood and glass).

I lost my nerve and clambered up the steep bank but rocks still managed to reach these heights and were whizzing past the helmet I had luckily worn. As soon as they landed, the rocks were hurled back down indiscriminately hitting police/fascists or anti-fascists alike.

On my way down to get closer to the action I was suddenly charged by a neo-Nazi protester (not the one in the photo below)  wielding a large wooden plank yelling: ‘Fucking get that fucking camera fucking away”. Behind me four men jumped on a female anti-fascist protester and started kicking her. As a group of press stormed past me and I realized it was time to run!

Right Wing groups taking part in an Anti-Immigration anti-refugee Rally organized by the National Front in Dover Kent Jan 30th 2016

Right Wing groups taking part in an Anti-Immigration anti-refugee Rally organized by the National Front in Dover Kent Jan 30th 2016

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Right Wing groups taking part in an Anti-Immigration anti-refugee Rally organized by the National Front in Dover Kent Jan 30th 2016

The National Front adheres the white supremacist slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

To quote their website: “Multiracialism has been a disaster for Britain – only a policy that enforces a total ban on immigration and the humane repatriation of all immigrants and their descendants to their ancestral homelands can save this country from chaos.”

“This is OUR country and we want it back.”

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Don’t Bomb Syria

Stop the War March and protest through central London. Supporting Jeremy Corbyn and saying no to UK bombing Syria 28 November 2015 photos Janine Wiedel

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Stop the War March and protest through central London. Supporting Jeremy Corbyn and saying no to UK bombing Syria 28 November 2015 photos Janine Wiedel