Photo presentation by Toshi Kazama

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“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” and “to forgive is divine”. These extremes represent the different poles of public opinion which Toshi Kazama will attempt to bridge.

The Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH and Amnesty International Malaysia have jointly collaborated over the past month to advocate for the abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia. This collaboration has spawned various activities to raise awareness and educate the general public on the controversial issue on whether or not the death penalty should be retained.

To conclude the month of activities, we are honoured to bring you Mr. Toshi Kazama to share his experiences and views on this issue.

Toshi is a photographer and anti Death Penalty Activist. He is also the founder of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, an NGO which brings together the families of victims and of executed inmates. We generally assume that family members of brutal crimes invariably favour the death penalty as a means of achieving justice and closure for their pain and suffering. The members of this NGO will testify otherwise. Many members of murder victims’ families have come forward to share their stories and voice out their opposition to the death penalty.

The Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH and Amnesty International Malaysia thus cordially invite you to join us at the following events:-

“Young Death Rows”
A photo presentation by Toshi Kazama

Date: 23/10/2011 (Sunday)
Time: 5pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Palate Palette Café
Address: No. 21, Jalan Mesui Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2142 2148

Program: 5.00pm: Arrival of Guests
5.15pm: Presentation by the winners of AIM’s Death Penalty: Through My Lens photo competition and prize giving
5.35pm: Photo Presentation by Toshi Kazama
6.35pm: Question and Answer
7.35pm: End

“Death Penalty: Does he/she deserve it?”
A perspective from victims’ families.
Talk by Toshi Kazama
Moderator: Yap Sau Bin

Date: 25/10/2011
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Address: No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2274 6645

Program: 8.00pm: Talk by Toshi Kazama, Moderator: Yap Sau Bin
8.45pm: Question and Answer
9.30pm: End

Biodata: Toshi Kazama

The Japanese-born Toshi uses his camera as a means to oppose the death penalty. He is best known for his project, “Juveniles of Death Row: A Documentary Exploration” where he portrays juvenile offenders on death row. His project which spanned eight years includes getting to know the offenders’ families, as well as the families of their victims and the prison officials. All of Toshi’s artworks focus on the value of human life and respect for each other. He shows the realities of the death penalty through his photos and experiences. Toshi has toured the world sharing these photographs and experiences.

Moderator: Yap Sau Bin

Yap was born in Kuala Lumpur and lives and works there now. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, England 1998. He is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia. Yap is also a founding member of Rumah Air Panas Art Society (RAP), an artist collective based in Kuala Lumpur.

His art practice encompasses conceptual work, installations, mapping projects, collaborations, performance and sporadic writings. He had received awards in the Young Contemporaries Arts Award by the National Art Gallery in 2000 and 2002 and has been selected for research residency in Japan under the JENESYS Programme for Creators by the Japan Foundation in 2008.
Adeline Choo
Communications Officer
Amnesty International Malaysia

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