WISE Presents HOPE: A Retrospective by Reza

The Nov 08, 2012

A photographic exhibition entitled HOPE was launched on November 7 at the Sheraton Park on the Corniche in Doha.

The exhibition showcases a collection of work by the renowned photographer Reza and marks the beginning of a series of educational programs that will take place in parallel with the 2012 WISE Summit, which will be held November 13th-15th at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Chairman of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), launched the exhibition with the photographer.

HOPE presents 80 photographs, including three images from the latest WISE Book, Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work, which examines the relationship between education and the world of work. The book will be launched at the WISE Summit.

“Education is a passport to opportunity and inclusion in all societies,” said H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani. “WISE is committed to transforming education to meet the needs of the 21st century so that we can better tackle our shared global problems and give everyone the hope of a secure future for themselves and their families. The arts play an important role in raising awareness, rallying people to shared values and inspiring them to achieve their ideals. HOPE is a fine example of art as a universal language which, I believe, shares the inherent values of WISE.“

The HOPE Exhibition is a retrospective of 30 years of visual narratives that, in the photographer’s words, “reveal the invisible boundaries where joy verges on despair, where conflict meets indulgence, but where life always triumphs. The images show that even in critical situations, men, women and children find the hope to help endure the unimaginable.” It includes 80 of Reza’s photographs and tells many stories, from the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan to the River Amur in eastern Asia and the heights of Algeria’s Assekrem plateau.

In addition to the photo exhibition, an educational program has been organized that includes opportunities for personal meetings with Reza and others. Activities include a guided visit of the exhibition by the photographer for students, screenings of documentaries, and a conference and debate with Reza, entitled “The Power of Image for Social Change”.           

Reza was commissioned to record images for the latest WISE Book, Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work, which focuses on case studies and personal stories emerging from 15 original projects around the world that were identified through the networks of the WISE community, including winners and finalists of the WISE Awards. Each year WISE recognizes and showcases six original education projects around the world that are having a transformative effect upon societies.

Interweaving statistical data, interviews, case studies and photographs, the latest WISE publication tells a powerful and timely story about the potential of innovation to transform the complex links between education, learning, work and the workforce. Written and researched by a team of innovation experts – Valerie Hannon, Sarah Gillinson and Leonie Shanks - it explores how the interface between work and learning is changing due to globalization, economic recession, technology and demographics.

The HOPE Exhibition will run on the Corniche at the Sheraton Park from November 8, 2012 to December 15, 2012. The public is invited to enjoy a cultural journey through powerful images that highlight life’s challenges, triumphs and expressions of hope.   

For more information, please visit : www-wise-qatar.org/hope