February 2006 --> exhibition at Bildmuseet, UmeŚ University
September 2006 --> exhibition at Fotografins Hus, Stockholm

susan meiselas: re-framing history/
cecilia parsberg: a heart from jenin

The two photographic projects by photographer Susan Meiselas and Swedish artist/activist Cecilia Parsberg both explore conflicts of power in a historical perspective.
Susan Meiselas ”Re-Framing History” presents the responses and reactions by Nicaraguans when in 2005 being confronted with Meiselas photographs - presented as billboards on the exact sites where they originally were photographed - of the Nicaraguan revolution in 1978 and 1979.
Cecilia Parsberg's works maps the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin. She photographed its destruction in 2002, through the invasion of the Israeli army. And through several re-visits, she has followed its reconstruction up to the present. Her film ”A Heart from Jenin” tells the story of a young Palestinian boy shot to death by Israelisoldiers, whose heart was donated to a young Israeli girl, whose life itsaves.

The exhibition opens at Bildmuseet in February 2006.
In September, 2006, it will be presented at Fotografins Hus, Stockholm.


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©Susan Meiselas

©Cecilia Parsberg
crusading the north

In conjunction with the exhibition ”Peoples of the North”, which explores representations of north-Scandinavian peoples, in particular the Sami people, under the umbrella of colonization and exotic travel, a seminar was hosted at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, on January 17, exploring the historical colonization of northernmost Europe, the application of the crusade rhetoric and practice towards this region, and the effects on indigenous cultures. Speakers included Giuseppe Nencioni, Anna Lindkvist, Jan-Erik Lundström, Marja Lähteenmäki and Peter Sköld.
In October 25, 2006, it will be presented at Historiska Museet, Stockholm.

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the muhammad cartoons - an historic perspective of the ban on pictorial art

In his talk, Mohammad Fazlhashemi will speak about the current controversy surrounding the ban in Islam on depicting God. He discusses the religious and historic context from which this ban has developed.

Mohammad Fazlhashemi looks deeper at the general ban on depicting God in Islamic pictorial traditions. How have different movements in Islam throughout history interpreted pictorial art, both when holy images and when worldly images are depicted? He concludes with an examination of the Danish satirical cartoons in the newspaper Jyllands-posten and the protests against them.

Mohammad Fazlhashemi is associate professor and senior lecturer in the History of Ideas at Umeå University. His research has focused on Islamic History of Ideas, political currents in the Muslim world during the European Middle Ages, how the view of Europe/the West and modern influences were received in the Muslim world, the construction of the view of the Muslim Orient in the West, and the construction of the view of the West from a Muslim perspective.

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RECENT ARTICLE BY Mohammad Fazlhashemi

Seminar at Bildmuseet, UmeŚ University, Tuesday February 28, 18.30