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Vidas minadas: “Living with mines”

Award-winning photojournalist Gervasio Sánchez’s exhibition comes to London from the 16th December to the 22nd January at the Oxo Tower Wharf.

For over 25 years Spanish journalist and photographer Gervasio Sánchez has risked his life visiting and taking pictures of some of the most war torn locations in the world.

His dedication towards photojournalism comes from his need to understand conflict zones first-hand. Sánchez relies on photography as a powerful means of communicating that which cannot be understood through print.

His interest in understanding the suffering of mine victims began in 1995 when he visited Angola. Since then he has been heavily involved in raising public awareness of mine victims in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Angola and Mozambique.

He strongly believes in the importance of showcasing the lives and faces of the survivors and sufferers of war rather than those who have already died. In 2009 he was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Photography.

In 1997 the International Campaign to Ban Landmines was launched. However, it is estimated that landmines continue to kill 20,000 people every year.

In Cambodia alone, there are believed to be 4-6 million left in rural areas.

The story is made worse by the fact that many of those injured live in these mine zones out of necessity and are injured whilst farming, carrying water or even trying to obtain the metal from the mines to sell.

“Vidas Minadas”, or “Living with Mines” is a culmination of 10 years worth of Sánchez’s work telling the stories of landmine victims in Cambodia, Angola, Mozambique, Bosnia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iraq and Colombia via the medium of photography.

His exhibition opened in 2007 and has since been displayed at the Unesco headquarters in Paris, the UN headquarters in New York, Colombia, Peru and many more places.

“Vidas Minadas” will be on display from the 16th December to the 22nd January at the Oxo Tower Wharf at South Bank. Exhibition Information. Dates: 16th December 2011 – 22nd January 2012. Time: 11am – 6pm daily. Admission: Free.

For more information visit:

http://www.coinstreet.org/whatson/exhibitions-and-events/vidas-minadas.html

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