Arts Council-funded “Africa’s Last Colony” will launch with 40-year retrospective photo and film exhibition at Hundred Years Gallery as part of the East London Photomonth Festival 2015.
UK-based photographers representing a wide range of styles and themes, from pinhole to reconstructed images, taken from 1976 up to the present, will be featured alongside the screening of films by UK filmmakers and presenters, including Michael Palin and Simon Reeve, who have contributed to documenting this under reported story over the past four decades. Researchers, activists and artists will also share their views on different aspects of the conflict, including representatives of Saharawi youth organisations Adala UK and Saharawi Voice.
UK Photographers in exhibition: Matt Aslett, Emma Brown, Andy Coules, Steve Franck, Vanessa Galbraith, Alan Gignoux, Carolina Graterol, Robert Griffin, Ingrid Guyon, Ed Harriman, Nilu Izadi, Tomasz Laczny, Olivia Mann, Ali Meziane, Danielle Smith, Simon Thorpe, Quintina Valero. Saharawi artists: photography by Omar Dih, Najla Mohamed, Hajtna Did; calligraphy by Mohamed Suleiman, drawings by Saharawi children courtesy of Enfants Refugés du Monde.
All events are free of charge. Full program here
Private view Thursday 15th, 7.30 to 9.30: including screening of ‘War in the Desert’ 1988 BBC film presented by Royal African Society’s president Richard Dowden, and the Redah Boudbagh Trio will perform Arab-Andalouse music from the Maghreb. Poetry reading from Settled Wanderers, by Sam Berkson & Mohamed Suleiman Labat, and Renny Jackson will perform ‘Free Western Sahara’
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