16:00 - 21:00
Please note: this event has already taken place
Unseen Amsterdam and Melkweg Expo invite you to join the talk and book launch/ exhibition opening of 'Ubuntu, I Am because We Are'. We start with a talk about Rebecca's project with the photographer herself, Nadine Stijns, Priscilla Macintosh and Faiza Osman who will moderate the talk. Writer Babah Tarawally will introduce the talk by sharing lessons from his grandmother on Ubuntu. Afterwards we will open the exhibition and launch the book.
“Creating this series made me feel like I was part of a community. I valued that feeling deeply, because I never felt this kind of belonging before. Everyone is trying to find their place in life. That is what the beauty of Ubuntu means to me.”
》16:00 - PHOTOGRAPHY TALK: UBUNTU
Prior to the opening we present a Photography Talk. In the photographic documentary project ‘Ubuntu, I Am because We Are’ Rebecca researches Ubuntu and the desire to belong to a group and maintain a group identity in a changing environment. In this photography talk we will discuss the project and Ubuntu with Rebecca, Nadine Stijns (photographer), Priscilla Macintosh, concept designer for community based art project, and Faiza Osman from the Brussels women collective ‘Praat met Mij’ ('Talk with Me'), who will moderate the talk. What does Ubuntu mean to them? Do traditions get lost in new generations? What is the relationship between the individual and the group identity nowadays and how do you capture tradition in a photograph?
Babah Tarawally, Netherlands based writer from Sierra Leone, will introduce the talk by sharing lessons from his grandmother on Ubuntu,"It takes a village to raise a child”.
》 17:30 - BOOK LAUNCH & OPENING
Rebecca is the winner of the Unseen Dummy Award 2018. Friday May 3 we open the exhibition and launch her brand new book published by Lecturis.
In August 2015 Rebecca was invited by a dear friend to a wedding. There, she was introduced to the warm, unabashed approach to life of the Congolese community in Belgium and Ubuntu. Fascinated by Ubuntu, Rebecca decides to photograph them when they gather in celebration. In these moments the traditions are the highest and the group identity the strongest. During the celebration she captures the ambience, the exciting and quiet moments of family gatherings in black and white images.
Join us for drinks and tunes by Dia Dia Dia.
Melkweg Expo is an exhibition space for contemporary photography and a platform for young artists, located in the heart of Amsterdam. With a focus on photography that explores identity, society and pop culture, the exhibition space is also known to occasionally place other forms of visual art alongside photography with conviction. Characterized by a distinctly playful and accessible approach, Melkweg Expo seeks to unveil high quality art – art that is innovative, engaging and inclusive.