5 October - 1 November 2017 | FADA Gallery
Curated by Erin Haney & Shravan Vidyarthi, in collaboration with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD)
In collaboration with curators Dr. Erin Haney and Shravan Vidyarthi, VIAD recently presented the first comprehensive survey of images by pioneering Indian-Kenyan photojournalist Priya Ramrakha. Following the recent recovery of his archive in Nairobi, and the production of African Lens (2008) – an award-winning documentary by Shravan Vidyarthi – the photographs on exhibition tracked Ramrakha’s global travels in the 1950s and 1960s, and his sensitive chronicling of anti-colonial and post-independence struggles in Africa, the Middle East and the United States.
Seeking to address the largely unacknowledged contribution of Ramrakha’s visual commentary, this important exhibition afforded viewers an opportunity to reconsider the ethical imperatives and dilemmas of photographic journalism, in relation to the complex disentanglement of Africa from colonial rule, and to reflect on that history as layered by multiple human experiences.