Tavistock Exhibition: the story of hostages Camilla Carr and Jon James

PUBLISHED: 16:55 13 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013

A powerful exhibition of words and photographs looking at forgiveness is coming to Tavistock in February.

THE F WORD: images of forgiveness, tells the stories of people who are learning to forgive, reconcile or move on after their lives have been shattered by violence, tragedy and injustice. This must-see exhibition will be at Tavistock Town Hall between 10am-4pm from 24-26 February.

The exhibition features the story of Tavistocks Camilla Carr and Jon James, who were held hostage in Chechnya for 14-months after going there to set up a rehabilitation centre for traumatised war-children. Camilla and Jon will be giving a talk about their experiences on Tuesday 22 February at Tavistock United Reformed Church on Russell Street at 7:30pm.

This exhibition and talk from Camilla and Jon have been initiated by Tavistock Quakers with the support of many other local community groups, to ensure that as many people as possible have an opportunity to see the images and learn from the stories.

The Forgiveness Project is the brainchild of British journalist Marina Cantacuzino and photographer Brian Moody. Tired of revenge and retaliation dominating the headlines, they travelled to places including The USA, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Israel and Palestine and collected stories of 26 people who have chosen to take the challenging and often painful journey towards forgiveness.

These stories include Richard McCann, whose mother was the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper; Marian Partington, whose sister was murdered by Fred and Rosemary West; and Andrew Rice, whose brother was killed in the World Trade Centre bombing.

Patron of The Forgiveness Project, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, describes forgiveness as a journey out of victimhood. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. It means taking what has happened seriously and not minimising it; drawing out the sting in the memory that threatens to poison our entire existence. In these forgiveness stories, there is real healing.

Camilla Carr will also be giving a talk to students at Tavistock College, where the exhibition will be displayed for students to view in mid-February. Parts of the exhibition will then be on display at various venues in Tavistock during the week leading up to 24 February.

For all enquiries about Februarys exhibition in Tavistock, call Carolyn Burch on 01566 785171 or David Williams on 01822 610615


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