“Speaking to Peace” Photography Exhibit

Opening Oct 27th, 2017 | The Rotunda of Low Memorial Library, Columbia University

This original photography exhibit has been designed as an integral part of the launch event for the new Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Program at Columbia University, which takes place on October 27, 2017, from 9:30am – 12:00pm. The symposium will gather leading scholars, practitioners, activists, and policymakers to explore the possibilities, challenges, and complexities of a global, intersectional women, peace and security agenda.

The accompanying exhibit unveils on the same day as the symposium. The exhibit was designed in collaboration with photographer Daniel Jack Lyons and includes a series of 10 portraits of grassroots women from two distinct urban contexts: Maputo, Mozambique, and New York City, and with each a quote about what peace and security mean to them.

The public art installation underscores the WPS program commitment to magnifying the visibility and amplifying the voices of women peacebuilders. The exhibit will remain at Columbia University in the Rotunda, Low Library for three months following the program launch.


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JESSICA | The peripheral neighborhoods of Maputo have a lot of visible inequality. When inequality is so stark and always in front of you, there is no chance for peace. A person cannot feel at peace when they think that they will never have a decent job to achieve what they want… The state ignores details like this, while violence occurs everywhere.

Read more about the Speaking to Peace: Portraits from Maputo and New York Exhibit, click here.