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Illuminate

The photographer's aim is to capture 10,000 people around the world each holding a white rose - the symbol of peace.
By Danielle Todd
September 02, 2014
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By Danielle Todd
September 02, 2014
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If you’re a young, progressive and might I say cultured individual, I could ask you what your plans were this September 21 and you would be likely to throw in your hands in the air (like you really do care) and exclaim “Celebrating the International Day of Peace, of course!”

For those who aren’t aware, the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world whereby the United Nations invites all nations to cease hostilities and commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. Pretty cool, huh? In honour of this Day of peaceful awesomeness, Auckland War Memorial Museum is screening ‘Illuminate: Peace Day’, a short film by NZ photographer and director Stuart Robertson that celebrates the global strive for peace.

Featuring some of New Zealand’s most well-known names including Sir John Kirwan, Oscar Kightley, Denise L’Strange Corbet and Jerome Kaino, the short film is part of a larger global project by Robertson that has seen him photograph a single white rose – the ancient symbol of peace – in the hands of 10,000 people from every country on the planet. Upon completion, the project will be toured worldwide as a provocative and insightful art exhibition.

The film will be screened on loop every night (6pm-10pm) from Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September on the Northen Façade of Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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