Reflections on Peace
16 September 2020 to 10 January 2021
In Imagine. Reflections on peace, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum has teamed up with the VII Foundation to explore the peace-building process and its outcome in Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Colombia: all places that have experienced drawn-out conflicts.
The signing of a peace accord between the opposing parties is only a first step. What happens next? How to rebuild what has been destroyed? What visible and invisible scars were left by years of conflict? How do neighbours who were once enemies learn to live together again?
Renowned photojournalists who have explored these places reflect on how peace is built day to day. Their photographs reveal a tenuous process and a complex reality made up of successes and failures, hope and hesitation, inviting us to imagine an ideal peace that exists outside the headlines.
An exhibition produced by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in partnership with the VII Foundation.
Defaced portrait of the Fako family. Sarajevo, 17 March 1996 The Fako family discovered a defaced family photo when they returned to their home. The Serbs who had occupied the house left when the city was reunified by the Muslim-led Bosnian government. They took the family’s furniture and the rest of their belongings from the house and left only this photograph.
© Ron Haviv/VII
Cécile Murumunawabo sits in Parliament, where women predominate with 61% of the seats. 2019
© Jack Picone
Revellers enjoy a 1980s night at B 018 – one of Beirut’s most legendary clubs – built on the site of the Karantina massacre. Beirut, 2017
© Nichole Sobecki/VII
Ireland Days of Peace Derry. North of Ireland, 1996
© Gilles Peress/Magnum/for "Imagine. Reflections on Peace"