ACROSS african BORDERS / HANDLARE
Exhibition: August 2010, Windhoek, Namibia, touring southern Africa Watch an introductory film about the project
Exhibition: August 2010, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, touring Sweden
Watch selected photographs and stories from the project
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Eight cross border traders from Southern Africa borrowed one easy to use digital camera each for two months. After a brief introduction they used their cameras to tell their stories of their lives: Their work, their troubles and joys, their friends, colleagues and families. The result is a unique and high quality photographic exhibition made and told by the very people that are the backbone of Southern Africa’s economy.
In two-meter tall portraits and their own photographs and texts, chosen, told and designed in close cooperation with themselves, Mac, Aida, Palmira, Gloria, Ennie, Telma, Sudecar and Maggie all stand up to promote and protect their own rights, visions and worries.
Watch an introductory film about the project
An African version of the exhibition is touring Southern Africa from August 2010. It started at the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) ministerial meeting in Windhoek, Namibia.
At the same time a Swedish version of the same exhibition is touring galleries, museums, local municipalities and church communities to tell African stories from a firsthand perspective and spread awareness of the Millennium Development Goals. It started at Galleri Kontrast in Stockholm on August 21.
Photo: Gloria Kabango Mwangyongo
Photographers based in Blantyre Malawi (working in Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa):
Ennie Precious Mphande, Gloria Kabango Mwanyongo, Mac Mubango Soko, Maggie Lonely Mhango
Photographers based in Maputo, Mozambique (working in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland):
Telma Monjonte, Palmira Chilaule, Aida Tomela, Sudecar Novela
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