John Young
Safety Zone (detail) 2010
digital prints on photographic paper and chalk on blackboard-painted archival cotton paper
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

11 June – 7 August 2011

In 1937, during the ‘Rape of Nanjing’, a group of 21 foreigners saved the lives of some 300,000 Chinese citizens by sheltering them in the city’s international ‘Safety Zone’. John Young’s exhibition responds to this little-known but great humanitarian event, and is the latest in his series dedicated to cross-cultural humanitarianism.


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.