Around Town Events
L.A.F. Project Benefit Event
The Laughter and Forgetting (L.A.F.) Project is a non-profit photography organization on a mission to demonstrate life in post-totalitarian countries.
The birth of the L.A.F. Project in 2009 commemorated 20 years of democracy in the Czech Republic. Since then, they have expanded their attention to feature the Republic of Georgia, and they aspire to continue their expansion to other countries in the Southern Caucasus region at the end of 2012.
With Georgia being the country of focus since 2011, they have held four successful exhibitions throughout the year in Prague, Czech Republic, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA and Tbilisi, Georgia. Participating photographers had the opportunity to showcase the daily lives and struggles of the Georgian Internally Displaced People (IDP). They have also held workshops in the Czech Republic and Georgia, in collaboration with Georgia’s IDP and the war-affected community, teaching photography as a tool of self-expression. The L.A.F Project is currently working on gaining a larger presence in the multimedia realm as well by setting up a Photoblog, which will display the work of their photographers, as well as a blogging system that will allow photographers to interact with users about their work.
The L.A.F Project's latest upcoming exhibit will be held on Tuesday, July 17th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Mimi Ferzt Gallery (http://www.mimiferzt.com/#/gallery/) in Soho, New York. This fundraising event will provide guests the opportunity to browse the collection of photographs of the Internally Displaced of Georgia while enjoying food, wine and entertainment from the Republic of Georgia. Funds generated will be used to support The L.A.F. Project's cause, allowing them to return to Georgia this summer to host another exhibit with L.A.F. Project photographs, along with photographs from the war-torn community with which they collaborate. We hope to see you there!