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2020 is almost over and it is time to reflect on our troubled year; time to make wishes and set up goals for 2021. To help this reflection we suggest a breath-taking photojournalism exhibition that you can visit from the comfort of your home. 

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2020 is coming to an end, and everyone is reflecting on the ups and downs we have been going through. This reflection seems even more critical because it marks the end of another decade. And what a troubled year, we got to admit! Everything has happened during this year, and we cannot wait for the 2021 turn over. But, before 2021 comes along, let’s reflect on 2020. And to do that we suggest you explore: "#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis". 

This virtual exhibition is an insightful and quality resource of first-hand photojournalism. Hosted by The International Center of Photography, a leading Photography Museum in New York City, this exhibition presents a selection of photographs from the #ICPConcerned hashtag on Instagram.  With a hope to create a community that would share social and political imagery to help educate the world, this hashtag quickly inspired millions of people to join in and share their humble experiences. During this pandemic as the population had to lockdown and maintain social distancing, this hashtag promoted a community and people felt less lonely while relating to other personal stories. 


Garry Lotulung, Muslim women wearing face masks pray to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan, at a residential area amid the spread of COVID-19. May 24, 2020, Bekasi, Indonesia. Photograph by Garry Lotulung. Via The International Center of Photography.



A year marked by a global pandemic along with social and political strikes, 2020 is full of history, stories and experiences. “#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis” is an exhibition that captured all the feelings and concerns happening around the globe placing professional image-makers along with amateur smartphone photographers. This virtual exhibition displays thousands of beautiful and charged pictures displayed over three rooms. All photographs were printed in the same size and showcased in chronological order, highlighting major feelings of  “anger, despair, loss, confusion, frustration, boredom, loneliness, strength, and resolve”. 


Jane Cytryn, “Morning Calm”, Washington Square Park, New York City, the morning after the riots and fires. June 1, New York, USA. Via The International Center of Photography.


Although the virtual 360 degrees view does not allow the viewer to take a closer look at the pictures, The International Center of Photography did a great job showcasing the photographers work in various ways. Not only all the information to the selected pictures is available along with high-quality images on their website (see here), but also the museum managed to get every image-maker voice recorded while presenting themselves and the context to their pictures. This exhibition proves its accessibility by making use of all the tools available through the Internet, to make sure everyone is included and that everyone has a chance to see these photographer work, no matter where you are. 



Claudine WIlliams, “Orange Your Glad You Have These Things”, March 13, 2020, New York, NY. Via The International Center of Photography


We highly recommend anyone to look at this insightful exhibition- it definitely brings feelings of solidarity and compassion to all viewers, a sense of hope. We all have been through this together, and we are still standing hopeful for 2021 to be better. 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Check here the audio to the respective pictures


Cover image: Screenshot of the virtual exhibition display at Galleries Now

Written by Tania Teixiera

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