Saturday, March 22nd, 2:00pm
Sunday, March 23rd, 12:00pm
Campus in Camps, Al Feneiq Center, (Dheisheh Refugee Camp)
The purpose of Images of Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sphere is to explore how two regional conflicts with international impact are expressed in popular visual culture. How are the murals and graffiti in Northern Ireland and Palestine different and how are they similar?
Is it possible to draw any conclusions about the relationships between popular culture and conflict? Some observations relate to the prescriptive nature of image making, the potent use of child victims as martyrs and what secondary witnessing may mean in regard to popular images that memorialize victims of violence. Images of Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sphere is a work- in-progress. The presentation is illustrated with original photographs throughout.
Memorial morals in Belfast and Bethlehem
Philip Hopper is currently a Visiting Professor at Al-Quds Bard Honors College. He was awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research in the West Bank at Al-Quds University during the 2012-2013 academic year. He also has thirteen years full-time experience as faculty at the college and university level. As a television writer and producer his documentary, Route 66: The Road West aired in the U.S. on A&E, in Japan on NHK and has been presented at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Another documentary film, The Road Home, profiles a group of service men and women, who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, go through physical therapy and then compete in the New York City Marathon. It won the Best Feature-length Documentary Award at the 2008 Garden State Film Festival. Hopper’s photography has been displayed at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Exit Art Gallery in downtown Manhattan, at the New Jersey Center for Visual Art and many other venues. His long-term photojournalism project, Images of Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sphere, includes images of murals and graffiti from Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Palestinian West Bank and Israel. He holds an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.