University of Rochester

Victims Write Moving Words of Forgiveness in Exhibit on Reconciliation

January 11, 2007

A powerful photographic exhibition telling stories of forgiveness will be on view at the University of Rochester from Thursday, Jan. 18, through Wednesday, Jan. 31.

"The F Word: Images of Forgiveness" consists of pictures and narratives of people whose lives were affected by violence, tragedy, or injustice, but who rejected revenge in favor of reconciliation. The subjects include the parents of a seven-year-old girl abused and murdered by an aunt, an IRA bomber and the daughter of one of his victims, and a wrongly-imprisoned man.

The photographs and essays will be on display in the lobby of the Interfaith Chapel on the University's River Campus. The exhibit opens with a reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, that will be followed by an interfaith service at 6 p.m. in the chapel's sanctuary commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.

The exhibition is part of a larger week of programming on the River Campus celebrating King and titled "Linked Fate: 'Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere'," which will examine historic and contemporary civil rights struggles around the world and culminates in a talk by the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Friday, Jan. 26.

"The F Word: Images of Forgiveness" has been seen in more than 200 venues in the United States and the United Kingdom. The exhibition is produced by The Forgiveness Project, an organization that promotes conflict resolution, reconciliation, and victim support to stop cycles of violence, crime, and injustice. It is the brainchild of journalist Marina Cantacuzino and photographer Brian Moody, who traveled to South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, the United States, and other countries to collect stories of people who moved forward with their lives after experiencing a tragedy.

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