Darkness into Light


The Project

On March 15th, 2019, during Friday’s prayers, 51 people were killed and many more were wounded in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This terrorist attack was described by our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”; an event the likes of which we have not seen in this country. Then, from the darkness came light. Read more…

Raising Sakinah, Finding Peace

Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace honours the Shuhada, those taken from us on March 15, 2019. In the aftermath of the Mosques shootings, survivors and supporters joined Janneth Gil and collaborators to transform tragedy through creative community. Their responses immortalise their experiences and tributes artistically, inviting viewers to take action towards positive social change. Read more…

Raising Sakinah film – Trailer

“Throughout the whole
process, we were constantly sharing our thoughts, ideas and sharing our own individual experiences. I feel like these
workshops were really important for strengthening our bonds and
being there for each other. It was really cool to see how everyone had their own personal growth and it was a lovely experience to go through it together. It is such
a beautiful way of healing”  Cahaya Milne . Click here to see the trailer

Book Nomination

“A compendium of projects of monumental undertaking by Christchurch photographer, Janneth Gil alongside people from Christchurch’s Muslem community. This book serves as the most inclusive, tender and authoritative account of this community in the wake of terrible events.” Read More…


The Process

The Darkness into Light body of work uses a broad range of  processes as a tool for social change to develop a variety of creative outputs suitable for different audiences and cultural spaces. The processes include, documentary photography and filmmaking, fine art photography, alternative methods of photography, ink making, painting, sculpture, workshops, community engagement , publications,  exhibitions and more.


Working collaboratively helps create meaningful and inclusive work, where people’s beliefs and feelings are acknowledged and communicated in an authentic voice and my position within the work is openly acknowledged.

Art of Now

One year since the Christchurch Mosque attacks, New Zealand’s creatives discuss how their work in poetry, music and art can provide relief and healing to a nation in the wake of one of their darkest days. This podcast showcases the Darkness into Light project. Read More …

Permanent collection at The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

These photographs are from the series Darkness into Light. They share intimate moments with some of the women whose lives were changed forever through this tragedy. We must recall the incident in viewing these works, but are also reminded of the solidarity and support shown locally and globally in response. With these works Janneth contributes to the groundswell of protest against racism in Aotearoa. In sharing their grief, we are encouraged to take action and address systemic problems as we strive for a more inclusive society. Read More…