Global art project working towards peace

Saturday Fresh 27/01/2018
Image: Stu Roberston

Antarctica is one of the most extreme climates in the world, nothing but ice and rocks as far as the eye can see.

That didn't stop Kiwi photographer Stu Robertson from spending a month there, spending time at Scott Base, Shackleton, Scott’s Huts, and the Dry Valleys.

Stuart is working on his film called ‘What Silence Looks Like’ – asking people around the camps in Antarctica about the very first time they experienced the chilling silence of the area.

He is known for Peace in 10,000 Hands, a global art project of photographs from people all over the world who are holding the same white silk rose, an ancient symbol for peace.

The book is filled with famous faces, Demi Moore, Sir John Kirwan and the Dalai Lama to name a few, but Stuart says that “this is not a project about celebrity, that gives it credibility, that’s proof of concept”.

He says “it’s about making the invisible visible, and getting under the skin of the world, and giving people a voice that normally wouldn’t have a voice”.

After already taking photographs in Haiti and Papua New Guinea, Central Africa is next on the list for Stuart, as well as war-torn areas of the world.

Listen to the incredible full interview with Stuart Robertson above.

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