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和 [Wa] Photography Auction

Image ©Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos

WA PROJECT PRESENTS:

A Photography Auction benefiting Architecture for Humanity

Japan Tsunami Relief

April 21, 2011 6-9pm

25CPW, 25 Central Park West, NYC

Wa Project is pleased to announce a photographic exhibition and auction benefiting Architecture for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The auction will be held at the 25CPW gallery in New York City on April 21st 2011.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PARTICIPATING PHOTOGRAPHERS, PREVIEWS OF THE AUCTION PRINTS AND MORE, PLEASE GO TO THE AUCTION SITE AT

WWW.WAPHOTOGRAPHYAUCTION.COM

100% of the funds raised will be donated to Architecture for Humanity’s work in rebuilding devastated communities in the affected area. Partnering with Nuru Project, 25CPW and Sombra Projects, with contributions from the Magnum Foundation and Friends Without Borders, this auction event has already gathered support from the Japanese and photographic communities in New York and beyond. The night will be a celebration with a display of photographic art, music from Koto player Yumi Kurosawa, American folk band Thomas Wesley Stern and Japanese cuisine from Blue Ribbon as well as Soba-ya and Robata-ya of the T.I.C. group with liquid refreshment from Sapporo and Ito En. In addition, all ticket holders will be entered into a raffle.

Architecture for Humanity is a non-profit design services firm founded in 1999 working to build a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By channeling the resources of the global funding community to meaningful projects that make a difference locally, each year 10,000 people directly benefit from structures designed by Architecture for Humanity. Advocacy, training and outreach programs impact an additional 50,000 people annually.  From conception to completion, all aspects of the design and construction process are carefully managed. Clients include community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions, and foundations.

The donated auction prints follow the theme of 和 (Wa). This ancient name for Japan also describes a cultural concept which underpins much of Japanese society. It has no direct translation in English, though the closest term that could be applied would be the idea of ‘Harmony’.  We are pleased to feature prints from a diverse range of photographers who have interpreted this theme in a variety of ways and provided us with a unique collection.