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PORTRAITS OF SADNESS
From 25 February to 9 March 2020 at La Passerelle (3rd floor, passage from building A to E), Palais des Nations, Geneva.
Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 12.00 p.m., at La Passerelle (3rd floor, Building E side), in the honorable presence of H.E. Mr. Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations Office in Geneva organizes a photographic exhibition “Portraits of Sadness” by Sandra Šimunović, a Croatian photographer. Almost three decades after the Homeland War, Croatia is still searching for 1,872 people that have disappeared. The photographs show the sadness, pain, suffering and hope of families of missing persons. The exhibition tells real stories of mothers and fathers still waiting for their children, sons and daughters who grew up not knowing where their parents are, and the lonely lives of wives without husbands. As families continue to wait and pray for them, each day that passes without any news about the fate of their loved ones deepens their suffering and quenches their hopes. The author wants to awaken the conscience of every person who has any information but remains silent, and to arouse the conscience of those who conceal documents that record the fate of the missing.
The exhibition includes thirty photographs of A0 format (841x1189mm) and captions. Šimunović’s exhibition was created as a part of the “Gone Project” in co-operation with the 24 sata media. Acknowledged and awarded both nationally and internationally, the project has won the “Best Social Good Campaign” award at the 2019 Digiday Media Conference in New York and the International News Media Association’s 2018 award in Washington, DC. The “Gone Project” also won the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers award for its digital media campaign. The result of that project are two published books.
Sandra Šimunović (45) is a photographer and photojournalist. She works for the largest Croatian photographic agency Pixsell. Šimunović’s photographs are published in all leading Croatian print and web media, including 24 sata and Večernji List, Jutarnji List, Slobodna Dalmacija, Express and Globus. She also worked in the United States at the “USA Today”.
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