Injustice stations of the cross captured in photo exhibition
Chilean Catholic photo-journalist Carlos Reyes Manzo has put together a remarkable set of pictures from around the world representing the stations of the cross.
The stations, on display at Harecourt United Reformed Church in north London, begin with Jesus being condemned to death, depicted in a picture of a prisoner bound in South Africa at the funeral of 21 other prisoners who died in a cell fire during a protest for the right to vote in the 1994 elections.
The fourth station – Jesus meets his mother – is reflected in a picture of Rosa Elvira Franco Sandoval, mother of María Isabel Velíz Franco 15, who was abducted, raped, tortured and murdered in Guatemala in December 2001.
The scene of Simon of Sirene taking up the cross is depicted in a 1996 picture that Carlos took of people migrating Nepal to India in search of work.
‘Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem’ is reflected in a picture of mothers marching for justice for their missing and murdered daughters in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2004.
The crucifixion scene is captured with a picture of a man terminally ill in Uganda with HIV/Aids.
‘Jesus dies on the cross’ is represented by a picture of eight crosses in the desert in Mexico. These crosses were put up in Lomas de Poleo, Mexico, where the bodies of eight young women were found in 1996.
The Salvation Army hostel for the homeless Mumbai, India 1996 is used to represent Jesus being taken down from the cross.
The final image of Jesus being laid in the tomb is reflected in a picture of the family mourning the death of a teenager killed by the paramilitary police in Brazil.
The pictures are drawn from Carlos’ work documenting scenes of injustice across the world over the past 40 years, from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa to the streets of London.
• The stations will be open for viewing at Harecourt URC, 12 St Pauls Road, N1 2LR during Holy Week, Monday 30th March 30th to Thursday 2nd April, 2-6pm Good Friday from 12-6pm (service from 2-3.30pm)
Caption: The fourth station – Jesus meets his mother is reflected in a picture of Rosa Elvira Franco Sandoval, mother of María Isabel Velíz Franco 15, who was abducted, raped, tortured and murdered in Guatemala in December 2001 Picture: CARLOS REYES MANZO