Making it to the Venice Biennale. Or, almost so…

In late autumn 2016 I was approached by the Dutch Global Art Affairs – GAA – Foundation about which you may read here.

Large art and architecture exhibitions are organised every year during the Venice Biennale period hosted and supported by the European Cultural Centre.

Like numerous other exhibitions all over Venice in that period, the GAA exhibitions are listed as part of the Biennale program.

As you’ll see here, their exhibitions can be found in two palaces – Mora and Bembo in the heart of Venice.

It goes without saying that I was very excited about this contact. It wasn’t an invitation per se but we had a long exploratory Skype talk and the GAA people were planning to integrate photography more than before in their exhibitions, they evidently thought my globally-oriented – photography was relevant and took serious interest in the fact that I was also a peace and conflict researcher with pictures from places like Burundi, Iran and Syria.

We discussed various more or less lofty ideas and recognised that time was actually quite short for me to come up with something original, produce it and mount it all in frames and transport it to Venice for the 13th of May opening.

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A French blog about Oberg’s art photography

One day in 2016 a French 22-year old student of international management, finance and sustainability wrote to me and explained that, as part of her studies as an exchange student at our local Lund University, she was obliged to create a blog on a theme quite apart from the core of her studies.

What a brilliant idea it was! She should, as part of her French university requirement, create a blog about a local artist and, thereby, get some insights into a world different from international economics.

I was reminded that about 30 years ago when I was the head of the university’s peace research institute there was something called ‘core curriculum,’ a kind of civic, cultural and philosophical intro to the later academic studies.

Those were the days! – when students did not study to just get an exam and a job in the ‘marketplace’ but received a general, diverse education for life.

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Héloïse Dumont

Héloïse Dumont came around my studio and presented her task – and would I please be her ‘object’. I didn’t hesitate. She had a keen interest in art herself and the way she presented her blog idea were pleasantly challenging for me too.
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Shoot # 61

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Lund, Sweden, April 15, 2017

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Dear Photo And Other Art Friend

Welcome to shoot* # 61
The photo above is a digital gift – a moment for reflection – to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics.
Welcome to new recipients. Here is the preceding shoot. 
The image above was shot in Abisko, Sweden about 250 kilometres inside the Polar Circle where “Aurora” or Northern Lights can be seen.

Content  

A blog and video about Oberg PhotoGraphics
• Syria a priority
No Easter Art Round exhibit
Changes to the concept
 New editions
Photo stories
New studio video
The little girl from Aleppo
• GlobalArt Magazine
 Instagram – let’s follow each other!
Until next – remember…

A blog and video about Oberg PhotoGraphics
A French student at Lund University, Héloïse Dumont, has spent half a year creating a blog devoted to my work as photographer and peace researcher – images and interviews and a video in which I explain various aspects of my work.

It’s just been launched and we hope you’ll visit and comment.

Syria a priority 
Since I visited Syria in December last year, I’ve spent 90% of my time learning, writing and building opinion. My photographic work has been suffering, but the choice is clear for me. And I’m going there again in May. Continue reading

Shoot # 60

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Woman With Cart in Hanano, Eastern Aleppo, Syria © Jan Oberg 2016

Lund, Sweden, February 24, 2017
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Content  

Welcome to shoot – a gateway to the art world
 Aleppo, Syria – documenting incomprehensible violence and suffering
Giving war victims a face
The little girl from Aleppo
Art photos from Syria
Media
 New editions, including photo paintings
• GlobalArt Magazine
 Instagram – let’s follow each other!
Three books

Jan Oberg – Oberg PhotoGraphics – Click

 

Dear friend of photography and other art!

Welcome to shoot # 60
The photo above is a digital gift – a moment for reflection – to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics.
Welcome to new recipients. Here is the preceding shoot. 
The image above was shot in Eastern Aleppo, Syria, when it had just been liberated in mid-December last year.
shoot…
• stimulates your art curiosity and shares positive stuff from the global art world
• is a gateway to the online “flip” GlobalArt Magazine and to
• the blog I write as an art recommender, not an art critic 
• wings into your mailbox now and then
• tells you what Oberg PhotoGraphics does
• invites you to share your news with me in the field of art.Sometimes I shoot just a single image your way. Exclusively for shoot recipients.I believe in global networking, sharing and in positive energy. Please share with me if you have photo and other art news and views.

 

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It’s more than two months since last. And this shoot is very different from what I normally send you.

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Featured on Swedish blog on ways to enjoy life

Two connected individuals who call themselves Arletta and Ellington write a much-appreciated blog “Att Smaka Livet” – “To Taste Life” – about different kinds of enjoyment and joys that life can bring when and if we are attentive.

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Signature photo from the blog “Att smaka livet” blog

They visited me around new year and spent three hours in my studio where we touched not only upon art and photography – and how I do what I do and how I get inspiration – they also took a keen interest in my work as a peace and conflict researcher just having returned from a fact-finding mission to Damascus and Aleppo in Syria.

A very joyful meeting resulting in two fine articles alas in Swedish – but you’ll get the gist.

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My gratitude to them for being so interested and catching so well what art photography is all about for me.

Photo Story – Faces of Aleppo

Faces of Aleppo in Syria – Just of of 4,5 years of occupation hell

January 25, 2017

Unique photos from Eastern Aleppo in Syria when it was finally liberated on December 11-12, 2016.

The people you see here have just come out to freedom from 4,5 years of the occupation by what can be called RIOTs – Rebels-Insurgents-Opposition-Terrorists – mostly the latter.

And most of them with some kind of support by NATO countries.

Western media, politics and humanitarian organisations focus on the victims from Eastern Aleppo who left to RIOT territories elsewhere, such as Idlib, after the liberation – family members and supporters of the occupiers.

That’s not the whole truth about Aleppo.

They conveniently ignore the thousands of other Aleppians: Those who were happy beyond words to see all of Aleppo back under the control of the Syrian government.

These are the people in this photo story. They are among the 13 million Syrians who, according to the UN in Syria, are in need of humanitarian assistance – thanks to U.S. – non-UN – sanctions since 1979 and thanks to the war since 2011.

They too need and deserve the world’s attention and help.All of them and not just the politically chosen few.

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Man in the Jibrin Reception Center in Aleppo © Jan Oberg 2017

Until the immense historical significance of the liberation of Aleppo is understood much better by many more and the biased Western media coverage has changed we will continue to highlight important but hidden dimensions of the conflicts in Syria.

Because peace will be impossible within the present dominant Western narrative and discourse.

And given the incomprehensible suffering of the Syrian people and the destruction of their society since 2011 possibilities for peace – rather than war – should occupy anyone with a human heart.

If you agree, please use the hashtag: #keepfocusonaleppo

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If we do not care about the single individual, can we care about humanity?

My other stories have had quite a lot of texts. You may check them out to get the background and situation.

Here I just want you to see and reflect on how the Allepians I met expressed happiness, despair, hope, kindness but also anger at one and the same time. Pictures can say much more than words, particularly when we contemplate mindfully on what there is to see in every and each face of these victims of what is often called high politics – which often implies low morality.

So, please don’t rush. See and empathize.

© Jan Oberg 2017. Under no circumstance may the photos in this series be reprinted, reproduced or otherwise used without my prior consent.

Photo Story: Aleppo’s evil humanitarians

Lund, Sweden, January 9, 2017

TFF Photo Story # 3 by Jan Oberg

Unique photos with text from Aleppo’s Jibrin reception center for people finally liberated in Eastern Aleppo December 11-12, 2016.

Documentation of the fact that it was the Syrian authorities, the Syrian Army, Russian doctors, the Syrian Red Crescent and volunteering Syrian youth who took care of these destitute internally displaced people.

In short, the evil guys – the only ones at that – according to most Western media.

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Getting something to eat at the Jibrin centre © Jan Oberg 2017*

No Western humanitarian organisations were seen, neither any leading Western media.

The media have also conveniently stopped writing about Aleppo – beyond doubt a world historic event – and ignored the suffering of the innocent, non-armed victims in this crisis: the largest humanitarian crisis in the world since 1945.

The last article about Aleppo in New York Times is from December 19, about 7-year old Twitter-girl Bana and written by a marketing expert. The level can hardly get lower.

The story of Aleppo cannot be silenced.

TFF’s first two photo reports were seen by close to 70.000 people during the first two weeks.

There are many other eyewitness reports – all on social media, de facto barred from the mainstream media.

The attempt to ignore the historical turning point that Aleppo is and to silence on-the-ground reports will fail.

A larger truth is emerging. The moral and political failure of Western and allies’ policy since 2012 makes the story of Aleppo just too embarrassing, something neither politicians nor governments nor media want to be reminded of.

But 13 million Syrians who are in need of humanitarian help – thanks to non-UN sanctions since 1979 and the war – need a more truthful story.

And they need the world’s attention and help – to all of them and not to the politically chosen few.

 

* No re-printing or re-posting of any photos without prior written permission from the photographer. Write janoberg@mac.com.