Saskia Keeley is an award-winning photojournalist, documentarian, peace activist, and speaker, and the creator of Accompagnateur Workshops.
Saskia leads “Accompagnateur Workshops,” photography-based workshops to bridge divides and foster healing. They were co-created with a rabbi in the West Bank to facilitate dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli women. Through the simple yet profound acts of looking and listening, participants unpack decades of fear and bias. The Accompagnateur Workshops guide and teach participants to see members of different cultures and communities with clarity and compassion. With the camera and in conversation, the workshops help shift the lens through which participants see themselves, empowering them to advance on their own terms.
Saskia's mission is to use photography as a tool for social justice, healing, and connection. The Accompagnateur Workshops are facilitated in communities and areas where they help create awareness and begin the work to redress ostracism and bias. They address the critical need of individuals whose creative voices have been judged and silenced to be heard. As a counselor, photographer, and workshop leader, Saskia uses her skills to enable people from marginalized communities to see themselves, the world they live in, and their opportunity to enact changes to improve their lives, for themselves and others.
Saskia also partners with humanitarian organizations to share their valuable work with the world, including Leaders’ Quest (India), the END Fund/Amani Global Works (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and We Love Reading (Jordan).
As a Speaker
Saskia has presented her work at universities including Yale, Duke, Tufts, UCLA, Washington University, and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, Geneva’s Centre des Arts, UCLA, and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. She was awarded an Art Award from the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (honoring artists who through their creative expressions contribute to the work of conflict resolution and peacemaking), and has been published in Newsday, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, UCLA’s Daily Bruin, Jewish Standard, and Women Across Frontiers.
Saskia Bory Keeley is a Swiss photographer educated at Geneva University, Sotheby’s, and the New Academy for Art Studies in London. She studied at the International Center for Photography in New York City. She is an Interspiritual Counselor (One Spirit Learning Alliance—NYC).
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Saskia merges the art of photography with the necessity of embracing others is
seamless. It is a master class in staying focused, being present, trusting
creativity, taking risks, and loving one another. I’m forever grateful that I
was part of it and that my life has crossed paths with Saskia.”
— Colleen Dodson Baker, participant at the Pico Union Project in Los Angeles