Saskia Keeleyis creating Peace & Non-Violence Workshops through Photography
Last year a 250-page photo album was published which included my journal describing the work done with brave and inspiring people. The latter was an eye-opener for many readers which they greatly valued. Following that success and the feedback, this past summer’s West Bank assignment is now printed in the format of an illustrated digital book. The assignments included two more women’s photo workshops with Roots. And a new initiative got off the ground: three daylong photo seminars exclusively for Palestinian women in remote villages where they have few opportunities for expression and empowerment (those were organized by Taghyeer, a nonviolent Palestinian movement).
In this e-book I describe the crucial work done on the ground by local peace organizations, the hardship experienced with the situation on the ground becoming more harrowing, the moments of inspiration as well as the ones when remaining hopeful is a challenge. I share the stories of many of the individuals I interacted with. I describe the process of conducting photo workshops for women from different cultures. I illustrate the women working together, showing intimate connections and how the participants’ individuality shines through with their own style and narrative: a recognition of their uniqueness and worth.
The need for such endeavors to create trust and promote the recognition and the support of each other’s identity on all levels is crucial.
Please note that all proceeds of this book will be going to fund more photo workshops for Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank.
About Saskia Keeley
I believe disparate cultures can be bridged through recognition of our common humanity. Fostering such empathetic connection is especially fulfilling for me when women, children, and people from less visible parts of the globe are brought out of the darkness and into the light.
I partner with humanitarian organizations to share their valuable work with the world, including Leaders' Quest (India), END Fund / Amani Global Works (the Democratic Republic of the Congo) Roots and Taghyeer (West Bank) and We Love Reading (Jordan).
I run photography workshops in which participants unpack decades of hate and bias through the simple acts of looking and listening. I am exploring where these workshops can be helpful in global conversations toward peace (Roots and Taghyeer, West Bank) and within divided communities (Pico Union Project, Los Angeles).
Purchasing beautifully framed photography, helping spread the word with articles or as a guest speaker, or just donating out of the love in your heart, every bit helps and I am forever grateful.