PARIS, JULY 2 – With the help of Wikimedia Italia, starting this July a new photo exhibition entitled ‘Journeys through our Fragile Heritage: discover, preserve, transmit’ will be on display at UNESCO HQ in Paris. Prepared jointly by Wikimedia and UNESCO, this exhibition showcases freely licensed Open Access digital resources that illustrate the richness and diversity of our common cultural heritage. It also highlights beauty and fragility of culture with the aim of helping to preserve and transmit this cultural heritage that is, often times, vulnerable.
This exhibition is organized within the framework of the #Unite4Heritage campaign, the goals of which are to celebrate and safeguard cultural heritage and diversity around the world. Under this #Unite4Heritage movement, the exhibition focuses on three main aspects of cultural heritage: Built Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Illicit Trafficking.
Intentional destruction, public negligence, intensive tourism, economic development, ignorance and poor maintenance; these are the threats to our cultural heritage and diversity. UNESCO, Wikimedia Sverige and Wikimedia Italia decided to join forces to highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage through photography, in order to mobilize people to protect heritage, preserve cultural identity and build a common future. UNESCO and Wikimedia believe that the valorization of heritage images and the availability of information to the public will reduce the risk of losing heritage as well as help people celebrate, better protect and be proud of their cultural diversity.
This exhibition presents the fragility of our common cultural heritage in all its different forms – utilising the freely licensed Open Access images that are available. Thanks to contributions from museums, archives, the general public and other sources, these images have been shared on Wikimedia Commons, the media site for Wikipedia. On Wikimedia Commons, millions of images are under free license so that everyone has the opportunity to use and adapt them. The collection is maintained and improved by thousands of unpaid volunteers.
As a freely sourced display, this exhibition can be put on anywhere and is available to anyone to show locally. The ‘Journeys through our Fragile Heritage: discover, preserve, transmit’ Exhibition will be displayed on the fences at UNESCO during July 2017. (@OnuItalia)