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International photo exhibit promotes unity in diversity

The LomoWall exhibit forms part of Austria’s commitment to promoting the holistic physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development of children as stipulated in Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines Bita Rasoulian (third from left) and Intramuros Administration administrator Atty. Guiller Asido (second from right) led the launch of the exhibit.

Amid continuing conflict and divisiveness in many parts of the world, the Austrian Embassy in Manila is organizing an international photo exhibit this January to promote cross-cultural harmony and understanding.

“We are delighted to unveil our Lomography exhibit We Are One in Intramuros. Now, more than ever we need to magnify voices and stories of peace, harmony and unity to drown out narratives of conflict, discrimination and fear — especially among children and young people,” asserted Bita Rasoulian, Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines, during the exhibit launch in Fort Santiago on Wednesday, 29 January.

Curated were 1,800 snapshots among 501 submissions from the international Lomography community and community partners across the Philippines. They feature scenes from the streets of Metro Manila; evacuation camps in Marawi; indigenous groups in Zamboanga; and an Aeta community in Zambales, thanks to the contribution of MAD Travel, a social tourism platform supporting marginalized communities across Luzon.

“Each photo is unique in the same way that each human being is unique — in their beliefs, culture and background. But the beauty of the exhibit lies in how these unique shots come together to make a singular spectacle. Similarly, our diversity is our strength,” explained Arizza Nocum, co-founder of peace education organization KRIS Library.

The LomoWall exhibit forms part of Austria’s commitment to promoting the holistic physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development of children as stipulated in Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The project is a joint partnership with Lomography Philippines, the Intramuros Administration, visual artist Cavemandraws and KRIS Library, a non-profit organization that promotes peace through youth education.

We Are One runs from 29 January to 29 February 2020 at the Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier in Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

Fort Santiago is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The entrance fee to Fort Santiago is P75 for adults, P50 for PWD, students and senior citizens.

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