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Saskia Keeley: Dialogue and Transformation
November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Since 2015, photojournalist Saskia Keeley has conducted photography workshops in the West Bank for Palestinian and Israeli women and girls that promote dialogue and understanding between the two groups who would otherwise have no interaction. The resulting images are striking, deeply personal, and highlight the innate dignity of the individual.
“The camera is a tool for dialogue. The formal act of focusing on one’s subject through the camera’s lens creates an intimate, human connection.” —Saskia Keeley, photojournalist
On view November 1, 2019 – March 6, 2020
In the Top Floor Gallery at TIOH
Saskia Bory Keeley is a Swiss photographer, educated at Geneva University, Sotheby’s, and the New Academy for Art Studies in London. She trained at the International Center for Photography in New York City, and is enrolled in the Interspiritual Counseling Program (ISC), a 3-year training at the leading edge of the newly emergent field of Interspiritual Counseling (One Spirit Learning Alliance—NYC). Saskia runs the Accompagnateur Workshops, photography workshops in which participants unpack decades of fear and bias through the simple yet profound acts of looking and listening. She is exploring where these workshops can be helpful in global conversations toward peace and coexistence (working with NGOs like Roots and Taghyeer in the West Bank) and within divided communities (collaborating with NGOs like Pico Union Project in Los Angeles and the Women’s Prison Association in New York City). The Accompagnateur Workshops guide and teach participants to see members of different cultures and communities with clarity and compassion. Assigning each to photograph the other breaks barriers and provides the chance to literally see one another from a new perspective. She is a Master Facilitator with Leaders’ Quest’s team, facilitating photo workshops to deepen relationships and broaden perspectives with business companies and their leadership teams. Saskia has presented her work at universities including Yale, Duke, Tufts, UCLA, Washington University, and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She has been published in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, PBS Newshour, UCLA’s Daily Bruin, Women Across Frontiers. “Beyond Sides – Toward Resolution” is a chapter she wrote for the academic publication “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Global Peacebullding and Stability” IGI Global Press, 2019.
Visit the artist’s website at saskiakeeley.com