Photos Presentation and Talks by Toshi Kazama

“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” and “to forgive is divine”. These extremes represent the different poles of public opinion which Toshi Kazama will attempt to bridge.

The Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH and Amnesty International Malaysia have jointly collaborated over the past month to advocate for the abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia. This collaboration has spawned various activities to raise awareness and educate the general public on the controversial issue on whether or not the death penalty should be retained.

To conclude the month of activities, we are honoured to bring you Mr. Toshi Kazama to share his experiences and views on this issue.

Toshi is a photographer and anti Death Penalty Activist. He is also the founder of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, an NGO which brings together the families of victims and of executed inmates. We generally assume that family members of brutal crimes invariably favour the death penalty as a means of achieving justice and closure for their pain and suffering. The members of this NGO will testify otherwise. Many members of murder victims’ families have come forward to share their stories and voice out their opposition to the death penalty.

Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH and Amnesty International Malaysia cordially invite you to join us at the following events:-

“Young Death Rows”
a photo presentation by Toshi Kazama

Date :           23/10/2011 (Sunday)
Time :          5pm – 730pm
Venue:         Palate Palette Café
Address:      No 21, Jalan Mesui Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:               03-2142 2148

Program:
5.00pm:         Arrival of Guests.
5.15pm:         Presentations by the winner of AIM Photography Contest
5.35pm:         Photo presentation by Toshi Kazama
6.35pm:         Question and Answer
7.35pm:         End

“Death Penalty: Does he/she deserve it?
A perspective from the victim’s family”

Talk by Toshi Kazama, Moderator: Yap Sau Bin

Date:               25/10/2011 (Tuesday)
Time:              8pm – 930pm
Venue :           Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Address:         No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:                  03-2274 6645

Program:
8.00pm:            Talk by Toshi Kazama, Moderator: Yap Sau Bin
8.45pm:            Question and Answer
9.30pm:            End

Biodata : Toshi Kazama

The Japanese-born Toshi uses his camera as a means to oppose the death penalty. He is best known for his project “Juveniles of Death Row: A Documentary Exploration” where he portray juvenile offenders on death row. His project, which spanned eight years, includes getting to know the offenders’ families, as well as the families of their victims and the prison officials. All of Toshi’s artworks focus on the value of human life and respect for each other, showing the reality of the death penalty through his photos and experiences.  Toshi has toured the world sharing these photographs and his experiences.

風間聰简介】美籍日裔的風間聰,是一位專業攝影師,多次巡迴亞洲展覽他的作品與演講,風間聰近年來更致力於推動亞洲的被害人保護運動及草根串聯。

自1996年起,風間聰以青少年死囚為主題,進行長達八年的拍攝計畫,走遍全美監獄,拍攝二十多位青少年死囚的照片。在那些年輕臉孔背後,他瞭解體會他們的成長背景與環境,看到貧窮、破碎家庭及冤錯;犯罪跟清白只在一線之間,而死刑更顯得荒謬無理。同時他拍攝電椅、藥物注射台等行刑器具,呈現了死刑無可開脫的殘忍,也還拍攝許多受害者家屬,在他們身上看到,死刑無法平撫仇恨,並且在死刑之外,社會為他們做得卻如此之少。

Moderator : Yap Sau Bin

Yap was born in Kuala Lumpur, and lives and works there now. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, England in 1998. He is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia. Yap is also a founding member of Rumah Air Panas Art Society [RAP], an artist collective based in Kuala Lumpur.

His art practice encompasses conceptual work, installations, mapping projects, collaborations, performance and sporadic writings. He had received awards in the Young Contemporaries Arts Award by the National Art Gallery in 2000 and 2002, and has been selected for research residency in Japan under the JENESYS Programme for Creators by the Japan Foundation in 2008.

叶绍斌简介】1974年生于吉隆坡,森美兰州芙蓉成长,为吉隆坡Rumah Air Panas 艺术家自主空间创办会员之一。英国伯明翰美术与设计学院毕业的他,目前任教于多媒体大学创意多媒体系,曾在2000年及2002年二度荣获国家画廊主办的“当代青年艺术家奖”。绍斌酷好哲学,打从青涩年华便不由自主地堕入爱智慧的痛苦深渊里,视德里达之解构理论为其个人思想原乡;他的言说之中,若非大处留白,则是玄意幽远,犹如一幅灵韵生动的水墨画,既自然流露,也发人深省。

About huichun

Originate from Taiping, now staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malayisia and working in a management consultancy and training firm. A typical Gemini that like to poke the nose in everything, everywhere. Like to cook, travel, read, share views with others,help the needy.......... Currently the main concerns are Malaysia civil society & politics, world environmental issues and managing a community library in KL.
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