PERESS~Gilles. The Silence-Rwanda.
Author: Forges~Alison Des
Publisher: Gilles Peress. The Silence-Rwanda
Year: Scalo Publishers, New York
Gilles Peress. The Silence-Rwanda.
Softcover. 208 pages, 100 duotones.
6 1/2 x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.5 cm).
With a chronology by Alison Des Forges, Human Rights Watch, Africa.
“The events in Rwanda raise the question about a fundamental choice of what human nature is, of what human beings are. The question raised here is whether man is fundamentally good or bad, whether there is a possibility of redemption, whether there can be compassion and solidarity.”-Gilles Peress
In 1994 Gilles Peress traveled to Rwanda three times, observing and documenting the carnage among Hutus and Tutsis. He took jarring and intrepid photographs of genocide and a society in the process of self-destruction.
This is not simply a book of news photographs. In arranging the photographs into sub-sections-The Sin, Purgatory, The Judgment, and Two Moments in the Life of a Killer-Peress created a structure that attempts to make sense out of the chaos. The Silence takes into account the human need for storytelling to give life meaning and structure. The Silence is not just evidence of the Rwandan tragedy but a challenge to our conceptions about the deceptive stability of civil society.
Peress’ images take us to the limits of life confronting us with the darkest sides of life. Their disturbing precision is reminiscent of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch or Francisco Goya. Peress knows that in order to do justice to those who have died, we have to face what these events might reveal about human nature-about us.
In collaboration with La Fondation de France and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
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