HELSINKI PHOTO FESTIVAL | 5 July – 9 September 2019

Helsinki Photo Festival 2019

A Zone to Defend will be on show in the Helsinki Photo Festival 2019. The series was selected for the Open Call 2019 – Anarchy.

Here is the full list of the winners:
Y, Dieter Schamne, Federico Estol, Seunggu Kim, Charles Park, Marco sanges, Denise Prince, Svante Gullichsen, Robert Rutöd, Janne Korkko, Valerio Polici, David Arribas Gonzalez, Tine Bek, Ruben Martin de Lucas, Christa Blackwood, Minoo Hassanzadeh, Hossein Fardinfard, Sem Langendijk, Alex Yudzon, Diego Saldiva, Neha Hirve, David Sladek, Maxime Reynie, Ma Siliang, Vitor Queiroz, David Verberckt, Laura Brichta, Sadaf Rassoul Cameron, Emilie Royer, Ryan Walker, Marcus Gustafsson, Ute Behrend, Victoria Crayhon, Henri Blommers, Isadora Frost, Niina Vehmaa, Kasa Loka, Evgeni Attsetski, Claudio Verbano, Thadé Comar, Penelope Thomaidi, Arianne Clément, Saara Tuominen, Jenni Emilia Toivonen, Tatiana Bondareva, Annagenia Jacob, Jon Lanbroa, Daniel Minsky, Jorge López Muñoz, Michael P Martin

DURTY WORDS book | A project by Kate O’Shea and Victoria Brunetta

Durty Words book, 2019

What is the relevance of Anarchism today? This is exactly what Durty Words is about.

As its authors put it: Durty Words is an invitation to make a space for dialogue, solidarity, resistance and creation through the medium of print. In 2016, we began the journey of making this book by asking people to respond to the relevance of Anarchist thought today. The title alludes to the fact that anarchism, along with other theories and practices that seek alternatives to capitalism, are often misunderstood. There are fractures within how we organise for a better world; it is important to recognise these, and therefore we set out to create a space for debate that is built on respect. By bringing together 134 contributors from different backgrounds from all over the world, we aim to begin to map the resonances and dissonances across diverse social movements. In this time of great social injustice, protest is necessary, but there is more to resistance than protest. We are interested in the space that opens up when we create a platform for building alternatives to that which we protest.

It feels so good to hold Durty Words in my hands! Thanks Kate O’ Shea and Victoria Brunetta for bringing together 134 contributors, for creating the beautiful Durty Words book and for including some of my pictures in it, along with John Jordan s inspiring words.

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The Revenge against the Commons

Reposting from Zad For Ever Blog.

Clash while defending the 100 Noms collective, April 9th, 2018.

This is a long read by one of the inhabitants of the Zad, about the the fortnight rollercoaster of rural riots that has just taken place to evict the liberated territory of the zad. It’s been incredibly intense and hard to find a moment to write, but we did our best. This is simply one viewpoint, there are over 1000 people on the zone at the moment and every one of them could tell a different story. Thank you for all the friends and comrades who helped by sharing their stories, rebel spirits and lemon juice against the tear gas.

The Revenge against the Commons of the zad or Why France’s biggest police operation since May 68 is prepared to kill for Macron’s Neoliberal Nightmare.

“We must bring into being the world we want to defend. These cracks where people find each other to build a beautiful future are important. This is how the zad is a model.” Naomi Klein

“What is happening at Notre-Dame-des-Landes illustrates a conflict that concerns the whole world” Raoul Vaneigem

The police helicopter hovers above, its bone rattling clattering never seems to stop. At night its long godlike finger of light penetrates our cabins and farm houses. It has been so hard to sleep this last week. Even dreaming, it seems, is a crime on the zad. And that’s the point: these 4000 acres of autonomous territory, this zone to defend (zad), has existed despite the state and capitalism for nearly a decade and no government can allow such a place to flourish. All territories that are inhabited by people who bridge the gap between dream and action have to be crushed before their hope begins to spread. This is why France’s biggest police operation since May 1968, at a cost of 400,000 euros a day, has been trying to evict us with its 2500 gendarmes, armoured vehicles (APCs), bulldozers, rubber bullets, drones, 200 cameras and 11,000 tear gas and stun grenades fired since the operation began at 3.20am on the morning of the 9th of April.

The state said that these would be “targeted evictions”, claiming that there were up to 80 ‘radical’ zadists that would be hunted down, and that the rest, the ‘good’ zadists, would have to legalise or face the same fate. The good zadist was a caricature of the gentle ‘neo rural farmer’ returning to the land, the bad, an ultra violent revolutionary, just there to make trouble. Of course this was a fantasy vision to feed the state’s primary strategy, to divide this diverse popular movement that has managed to defeat 3 different French governments and win France’s biggest political victory of a generation: The abandonment of the building of the international airport of Notre-Dames-des-Landes.

Read the whole article here.