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Portraits of Resilience

Photographs by Jonathan Banks in collaboration with TASSC International

Phillips@THEARC Exhibition


Free / In-Person

This exhibition is located at Phillips@THEARC, 1801 Mississippi, SE.

Hours: Thursday and Friday, 1-6 pm. No reservations required.

Portrait of a person turned award from camera, with an image of a colorful celebration projected on him

Portraits of Resilience Panel Discussion

About the Photographer

Jonathan Banks is an award-winning British photographer with over 25 years of experience collaborating with charitable organizations and NGOs documenting important humanitarian campaigns and human rights concerns. Banks has photographed in over 80 different countries, documenting subjects as diverse as mask dancing festivals in Burkina Faso, the effects of the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, and the aftermath of 9/11 in New York. Banks’ photography regularly features in international editorial publications and is the visual content of several books. His photographs have been widely recognized by numerous awards and he has exhibited his photography globally including notable shows at the European Parliament, on the Times Square screens in New York, as part of the Exposure Awards at the Louvre in Paris and at the “Beauty of Humanity” Art Basel festival in Miami.


TASSC takes an integrated and survivor-centered approach to its work with survivors of torture. All of our staff work with survivors through a trauma-informed and strength-based perspective, focusing on resilience and each survivor’s own strengths as they move toward a brighter future. We work with, not for survivors as they move toward achieving their goals. Our interdisciplinary model also allows for coordination of care that addresses all aspects of a survivor’s wellbeing – from community and social connection, to legal, psychological, and medical support. TASSC addresses the wide range of each survivor’s physical and emotional needs and offers support at each step as they find the care and strength they need to recover.

Exhibition Support

This exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection in partnership with TASSC.

Made possible by generous support from the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation.

For thirty-five years, the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation has been underwriting torture prevention efforts as well as medical treatment for survivors of torture with initiatives like Chicago’s Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors and the American University Law School Kovler Project Against Torture.


IMAGE: Jonathan Banks, Roopbaan, Bangladesh, 2018, Photograph, 31 ¾ x 44 in., Courtesy of the artist