Apartheid through the Lens: Fundraiser for Picture Balata

A Fundraising Evening for the Young Photographers of Balata Refugee Camp, Palestine

7:00 p.m.

Alwan For the Arts
16 Beaver St – 4th Floor
New York, NY

Subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green; J/M/Z to Broad St.; R,W to Whitehall St.; 1 to Rector St. or South Ferry; 2, 3 to Wall St.; A, C line to Broadway-Nassau

$10 suggested donation at the door

Join Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY for an evening to support Picture Balata, a project and exhibition for young photographers of Balata Refugee Camp in Palestine. The evening will feature slideshows of the photography of young Palestinians involved in the Picture Balata program, and short films of life in Balata camp created by the Balata Film Collective.

This fundraiser will help to bring the photography of the youth of Balata camp to New York City in April 2006, bring the photographers to the US for a US tour, and, most importantly, to provide the equipment and support these young photographers need to sustain their work – cameras, computers and more.

Outside the West Bank City of Nablus lies the Balata refugee camp. Home to almost 25,000 residents living on less than one square kilometer, Balata is the most densely populated refugee camp within the West Bank. In recent years Balata has seen hundreds of deaths and arrests, dozens of home demolitions and the camp is subject to near nightly invasions by the Israeli army. It is here that the Picture Balata workshop was started to teach youth from the camp about photography.

Picture Balata puts the camera into the hands of the children born and raised inside the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. Participants ranging from ages 11 to 18 photograph their situation as they live it in Balata Refugee Camp.

For more information on Picture Balata, please visit http://www.picturebalata.net/.

Part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2007 – New York