Jess Hurd

Photographer
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Oxford Human Rights Festival

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Myself and video journalist Jason N. Parkinson are honoured to have been asked to speak about our joint work at the 12th Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival this year.

We will be showing film and photographs, with Q&A at the Ultimate Picture Palace  –

Tickets are available to book here for The Life and Work of a Video/Photojournalist on Wednesday 26th February 2014 6-8pm

Exhibition – Ethnic Cleansing

I have also been commissioned by the Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival to exhibit photographs about the persecution of gypsies and travellers, an issue that I have documented for 20 years.  The exhibition will run throughout the festival 24-28th February at the Old Fire Station.

The featured image is one from the exhibition – Police and bailiffs evict travellers and their supporters from Dale Farm, Basildon. Essex. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

 

Tweet-Me-Up! @ Tate Oil Tanks

Highly acclaimed artist and author Tracey Moberly as part of the Tate Modern’s new Oil Tanks space is organising a mass participation evolving digital exhibition and sound installation. Work for the Tracey Moberly: Tweet-Me-Up! performance this Friday has being submitted from countries across the world from Eastern Siberia to Uzbekistan – New Jersey to Trinidad.  It will be shown on four projectors in Tate Modern’s new Tanks space.

The common theme is the focus on subcultures/countercultures and the underground movement which supports them. The day highlights and marks International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle and Dress Code which takes place on the Friday 24th August. The date is highlighted by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

You can register here for Tracey’s free artist talk this Friday, 15.00-16.00

The work I have submitted is from a long term project working with the traveller community at Dale Farm in the years leading up to and beyond their eviction by Basildon Council. They waged a powerful, lengthy battle through the courts to defend a way of life and their community against what was seen by many as ethnic cleansing.

See TimeOut article

Image: Bridesmaids get ready for the wedding of Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan from Dale Farm who are getting married ahead of the site eviction. UN Human Rights Day. Basildon, Essex 10.12.08

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

 

Dale Farm at Christmas

Religious figures of Mary and Jesus, with were damaged during the Dale Farm eviction.

Travellers report that the ground and water supply is contaminated, after Basildon council bailiffs bulldozed the site, removed the hardcore and built levees and trenches. Parents also claim that many of the children are becoming sick. Essex.

See slideshow of the post eviction site here

See eviction slideshow here

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Dale Farm Eviction

It has been a real privilege to document the Dale farm community over the past few years and share the joy and the sorrow at family events, on the protests and barricades. I will cherish the generosity and warmth shown to me at times of great emotional upset.

I hope the long battle against this eviction will mark in history a turning point, an end to the casual racism and vicious discrimination against travellers, gypsies and their way of life.

See eviction slideshow here

Police and bailiffs move in to remove travellers and their supporters from Dale Farm, who build barricades and burn caravans to stop them. Basildon. Essex.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

See Dale Farm Children’s Barricade here

Happier times, see Dale Farm wedding blogs here and here

More archive images available to license from: www.reportdigital.co.uk

 

Dale Farm

Rihanna dancing. Travellers from Dale Farm ahead of the planned eviction by Basildon Council. Essex.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Dale Farm – High Court

Message left on a paper napkin outside the Royal Courts of Justice reads:

“No Ethnic Cleansing in Our Land”

Travellers from Dale Farm are supported by campaigning actress Vanessa Redgrave at the High Court as they lodge an eviction appeal against clearance of their site by Basildon Council. The Strand, London.

See slideshow here

For my 5 year archive of images from Dale Farm please visit www.reportdigital.co.uk

See traveller wedding blog posts here

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


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