CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS “This is my story: Dialogue with Pakistan”

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) invites photographers to apply to have their work be considered for “This is my story: Dialogue with Pakistan” – a unique exploration of the human experience of the Pakistani conflict through film, the spoken word, and photography combined in a public exhibition and an electronic and social media campaign. This opportunity marks the first time that photographers will explore how conflict has impacted arts and culture, families and communities in Pakistan, and how a dialogue needs to be initiated through these personal portraits. The photographers will by recreating impact zones and experiences through exhibits, engage emotions of the general public, and elicit responses to the trauma and horror of war and conflict. The exhibits would take the spectator through a series of real life traumatic experiences which would culminate in installations portraying how the current situation can be improved by examining the past and through peace narrative employed in conflict of the past. “This is my story: Dialogue with Pakistan” will feature 30 artists from throughout Pakistan in two multi-media exhibitions in Karachi and Lahore. This is the first public exhibition and awareness campaign of its kind in Pakistan that will address issues pertaining to violence, displacement and reconciliation. It will be a collective memory of untold suffering, compassion, and paradox. We are looking for photographers who have worked in conflict zones and are interested in documenting the impact of violence on the Pakistani population. Preference will be given to applicants with works that are documentary in nature. The selected photographers will work in a series of collaborative workshops spearheaded by members of the CAP board of directors- Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Photographer Amean Jan, and Advertising Guru Ali Mumtaz- Chief Creative Officer of one of Pakistan’s leading advertising agencies-will culminate into an awareness campaign and public exhibitions about how violence has affected the emotional and cognitive process of individuals and communities across the country. Selected photographers xxx Application Requirements -Application form (see below). -Online Portfolio or links to uploaded work. -CV and a short paragraph describing your current/ recent work experiences. -Applicants must have their own cameras and equipment. Application deadline: Please email in applications by April 15th 2011 to: citizensarchive@gmail.com Please visit http://www.citizensarchive.org/ for more information. About CAP

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non profit organization dedicated to Cultural and Historical Preservation. Since its inception in 2007, CAP has worked to foster and promote community wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan through documentation, preservation and dissemination of archival matter. We engage our audiences by providing a citizens perspective of our country’s history and culture using creative and innovative methods such as oral history projects, interactive installations, spoken word, film, theatre and themed photography exhibits among others. Our mission is to use these methods to educate and stimulate discussions amongst people from all walks of life, irrespective of age, class or ethnicity in the hopes of promoting tolerance and awareness, generating new ideas and solutions to the nation’s myriad problems, as well as instilling a sense of pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage. This is my story: Dialogue with Pakistan Application Form

Please complete and submit this form with your application. SUBMISSION DEADLINE April 15th 2011

NAME: _______________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________ CITY/PROVINCE/ZIPCODE: _______________________________________________ PHONE: _____________________________________________________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________ M/F: _________________________________________________________________________ AGE: _________________________________________________________________________ EDUCATION: ________________________________________________________________

1. Why are you interested in “This is my story: Dialogue with Pakistan”

2. What experience, if any, do you have in film, video or the media arts?

3. What kind of films, videos or other media works do you like or are interested in?

4. How will your participation contribute to this project?

5. Has your work ever been exhibited? If so, please share details.

6. How do you think the arts can serve as an agent of reconciliation for Pakistan?

Please email in applications by April 15th 2011 to: citizensarchive@gmail.com Please visit http://www.citizensarchive.org/ to learn more.