Ekow Eshun is curating an exhibition impressed by activism and company
The Global Human Rights Fund is a charity that works with activists across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia – four regions of the world featured in Face to Face, a new public exhibition at King & # 39; s Cross Tunnel and the surrounding area by Outside, Art Project Space, which started earlier this year, will be presented.
The free exhibition was curated by writer, broadcaster and former ICA director Ekow Eshun, who recently authored Africa State of Mind, a book that examines new photographic work from across the continent.
Above: From the Sleepers series, 2007-2013 by Dhruv Malhotra. Above: Man in the cemetery “Back home, where I come from”, 2013, by Mahtob Hussain
The eight photographers featured in Face to Face produced works on the four regions in which the fund is present. They were selected not only for the visual resonance of their work, but also for their practice of working closely with local communities to "reflect the values and approach of the Fund".
George Osodi was selected for his Oil Rich Niger Delta series, which he worked on with the locals for four years. In creating his Ovahimba Youth Self-Portraits series, Kyle Weeks gave the Himba people in northern Namibia control of the shutter to partially restore the relationship between the subject and the photographer.
James Brown from the series The Royal House of Allure, 2019 by Sabelo Mlangeni
Medina Dugger's series is inspired by Muslim women in Lagos, Nigeria, and defines the hijab as a form of self-expression rather than oppression. Also in Lagos is Sabelo Mlangeni's series The House of Allure, in which the photographer embedded himself for two months in the Nigerian Queer Safe House of the same name. Face to Face also shows the work of the photographers Alejandro Cartegena, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Mahtab Hussain and Dhruv Malhotra.
Eshun wanted the show to "highlight social documentary photography that functions as a form of engagement, dispensing with the supposed objectivity of reportage photography and instead focusing on the subjective validity of lived experience," he says. "The exhibition conjures up convincing images that, as the philosopher Gilles Deleuze put it," generate impressions that force us to look, encounters that force us to interpret, expressions that force us to think "."
Vapwakuapi Thom (18) self-portrait in Okangwati, Namibia, 2013, from the series Ovahimba Youth Self Portraits, 2012-2014 by Kyle WeeksFrom the Carpoolers series, 2011 by Alejandro CartagenaKeys and latticework from the Enshroud series, 2018-running, by Medina DuggerOgoni Boy, 2007, from the Oil Rich Niger Delta series, 2003-2007 by George Osodi
Face to Face can be seen around King & # 39; s Cross in London from October 7th to November 1st. facetoface.photos