Saturday, August 4, 2012; 12 p.m.
Location: Peirce Park and Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME
Contact: Ilze Petersons; 207-942-9343/944-2609
Hiroshima Commemoration and Peacemaker Portrait Project Opening in Bangor
BANGOR, Maine – — A commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at noon on Saturday, August 4th, at Peirce Park (next to the Bangor Public Library on Harlow Street). After the commemoration, the public is invited to the opening of a photo exhibit “Peacemaker Portraits” by Bangor based documentary and fine art photographer, Rick Tardiff. The opening will be held at at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street across the street from Peirce Park.
Members of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine invite the public to the commemoration which will include readings and a symbolic “die-in”. Participants may simply stand as witnesses or lie down in a symbolic “die -in” to represent those who died and those who survived. The commemoration is held to remember those who died and survived and to commit to on-going efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and work for peaceful solutions to conflict.
“It is fitting that we follow the commemoration with the opening of the “Peacemaker Portraits” exhibit. This moving exhibit reflects and honors those in our community who continue to work for peace in a variety of ways and invites conversation about civic engagement in social change,” said Peace & Justice Center program coordinator, Ilze Petersons.
The black and white photo exhibit is a work in progress. According to Tardiff the photography is collaboration between the photographer and peacemakers in Eastern Maine. Dana Williams, a member of Veterans for Peace and Voices for Peace, who is collaborating with Tardiff explained his involvement in the project. “The photographs will help people see that peacemaking is often done by individuals who are not very different from themselves.” For Tardiff, the project is also a personal statement against the war and man’s inhumanity against man.
On his website (www.tardiffphotography.com ) Tardiff says he is “…interested in community and the sense of belonging. When I was involved with the Cranhill Arts Project, which is based in Glasgow, I became aware of how the arts can be used as a platform to meet new people, form relationships and build trust. To engage in programs that brings people together to address everyday issues like housing, education, jobs, local crime and drugs on our streets.”
Rick Tardiff’s interest in photography began in Scotland where he became involved in the Cranhill Arts Program in Glasgow. As a member of the National Union of Journalist, he worked as a freelance photographer through much of the 1990’s, supplementing his income with part time work in social services. Rick attended classes at the Glasgow School of Art, and Clydebank College where he completed his HNC in media skills in the community. Returning to the United States, he graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2011.
Light refreshments will be served at the opening. For more information call 942-9343