Two week long exhibition of photographs taken by our director and photojournalist Vanessa Champion on location with the Pastoralist and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) in Uganda, which kicks off their year-long cultural and academic festival celebrating 25 Years of essential work in Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti.
Generously supported by Fujifilm UK who is printing the whole exhibition on their Photo Pearl Board and kindly hosted by Calumet in their flagship store in Drummond Street, London.
“It was an amazing experience to work with these gentle people whose laughter is infectious and kindness completely effervescent!” said Vanessa. “We left in October 2013, and on expedition with the team in Uganda I discovered that there are rising economic and personal challenges for those nomadic herders whose traditions and heritage is now threatened by a more sedentary life being urged upon them from the government which is recommending that they make a seismic change to their culture and settle into a more agro-pastoralist way of life. While this is of good intention, it means that there has to be a challenging shift in how Pastoralists live their lives. PENHA runs educational programmes to support this change, offering practical provision to increase revenue, training, as well as lobbying at legislative level to ensure the pastoralists’ views and heritage are included in the debate for land rights.”
The photographs document this change and the adaptability of these people as the advance of modernity and the necessity for these gentle people to keep up with the environmental, social and economic revolution.
There will also be a cultural display from PENHA, showcasing their art, textiles, craftwork and jewellery, plus the chance to learn more about the region and the work that PENHA does.
Supported by Calumet, Fujifilm and EIZO
Prints sold raise valuable funds for PhotoAid and PENHA’s work in the Horn, supporting nomadic groups, education programmes for women and children as well as training the families support themselves with new skills. PENHA is a valuable and trusted voice for the Horn of Africa nomadic people internationally