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Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Piers Benatar

IN A NATION OF ISLAM (Pakistan, 1998-2003)

In Pakistan Christians suffer under Islamic terror. Among his subjects, Piers Benatar photographed a village in Punjab that was destroyed by Muslims. Here religion was an instrument in the struggle for land. For Benatar, the oppression of Christians in Pakistan can stand for religious intolerance anywhere in the world. Iran, Afghanistan, the United States or the Arab world: nowhere do religious dogmas leave space for other views or interpretations. Benatar photographed Christians in Pakistan precisely in order to have his message come across more sharply in the overwhelmingly Christian West. – Shanti Nagar, Punjab. The stone cross that was broken off the church by the Muslims who attacked it is dragged inside by the pastor and a pair of boys, in preparation for the evening Mass.

  • IN A NATION OF ISLAM (Pakistan, 1998-2003)

    In Pakistan Christians suffer under Islamic terror. Among his subjects, Piers Benatar photographed a village in Punjab that was destroyed by Muslims. Here religion was an instrument in the struggle for land. For Benatar, the oppression of Christians in Pakistan can stand for religious intolerance anywhere in the world. Iran, Afghanistan, the United States or the Arab world: nowhere do religious dogmas leave space for other views or interpretations. Benatar photographed Christians in Pakistan precisely in order to have his message come across more sharply in the overwhelmingly Christian West. – Shanti Nagar, Punjab. The stone cross that was broken off the church by the Muslims who attacked it is dragged inside by the pastor and a pair of boys, in preparation for the evening Mass.

  • IN A NATION OF ISLAM (Pakistan, 1998-2003)

    Karachi, Sindh. Palm Sunday is celebrated in the Catholic cathedral. The boy is playing the donkey on which Jesus sits as he rides into Jerusalem.

  • IN A NATION OF ISLAM (Pakistan, 1998-2003)

    Shanti Nagar, Punjab. One of the destroyed houses in the village following the attack.

  • IN A NATION OF ISLAM (Pakistan, 1998-2003)

    Karachi, Sindh. Palm Sunday is celebrated in the Catholic Cathedral.

Biography

Piers Benatar (b. 1968, Great Britain) is a freelance photographer working for Stern, Time, Paris Match and other magazines. He lived in Pakistan from 2000 to 2004, moved from there to Nepal, and since 2006 is living in Myanmar.

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