Jeremy Boo, winner of the ICRC Young Reporter Competition, is exhibiting Frozen War, an anthology of personal stories that chronicles the long-term psychological effects of war in Georgia, at the Print Gallery of The Arts House at The Old Parliament from 27 August to 9 September 2012.
He chose to focus on long-term psychological effects of war as it is an aspect of war that is seldom covered by mass media. Yet, its effects and repercussions can be felt and even passed down for generations. Georgia is a suitable country as it experienced two wars in recent history.
In the last 20 years, Georgians were evicted from their homes by two wars. The first started, as the Soviet Union collapsed, in two regions — Abkhazia and South Ossetia. While Georgia assumes that these areas are part of Georgia, Russia and other separatists asserts they are independent entities. The war purged people from their homes and killed countless others. The ones who have pieced their lives together lost everything again when war struck the second time in 2008.
Today, even as Georgia declares itself ʻWorld Number One Reformerʼ, many Georgians live in past they cannot find closure for. And as the country inches forward in a suspended state of conflict and peace, both young and old struggle to move on.
Frozen War is an anthology of dreams that Georgians have shared in their recollections of a past they cannot let go, in their poignant thoughts about life, and in their tenacious march into the future.
Jeremy’s reportage mission to Georgia was funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for his Young Reporter Competition win. The exhibition is presented by Hachisu and supported by the ICRC and The Arts House at The Old Parliament.
About the ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by armed conflict and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
About Jeremy Boo
Jeremy is a winner of the 2010 ICRC Young Reporter Competition. His intrigue of the human condition drives his work as a journalist and documentarian. He reads Political Science & Economics at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
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