for the months of November/December 2009 at UQAM
Tuesday, December 1, 6 pm - 8 pm
UQAM - Pavillon Hubert-Aquin
400, Sainte-Catherine East, Montréal
A photo exhibition presenting portraits and visual mediations from Manila, Philippines captured by Stefan Christoff showing throughout the month of November and December 2009 at Café Hubert-Aquin at UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal).
In striking colours Christoff's photos portray moments, symbols and faces from the Philippines, focusing particularly on grassroots social movements.
Present in the photographs is the human impacts of an economic crisis in the Philippines, fueled by corporate globalization and free trade policies.
Today the majority of people in the Philippines live below the poverty line, according to the U.N. more than 15 million people survive on less than one U.S. dollar a day.
In the Philippines extreme economic disparity is leading to increasing political unrest, channeling grassroots support towards revolutionary political parties in the cities and guerrilla movements in the countryside.
In photographs this exhibition offers images that attempt to capture the mood of a country struggling against intense poverty, state corruption and for national liberation.
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* co-presented by the Center for Philippine Concerns