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Three Women of Creole Descent by

           "Joshua McFadden''


The Mozambique Heritage Best Photo Award

Winner in London 2013:

‘CREOLE WOMEN’ MOVE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH LONDON


After a successful week in January at the Brixton Community Base, in South London, the photo exhibition on ‘Creole Women’ transfers to North London. From Friday 1stFebruary to Sunday 3rd February, the exhibition will be hosted by the West Indian Cultural Centre in Hornsey, Turnpike Link, London N8. Visitors to the exhibition in Brixton found the exhibition ‘an eye opener’, as put by a mother who attended the display at BCB. In the visitor’s book, she indicated her preference for the ‘The Four Ages of Woman’ while her ten-year old daughter had a preference for the photo ‘Once I Was a Butterfly.’


The works displayed have been arranged in such a way as to engage a dialogue with the viewer. Some would have different camera takes of the same model; others would combine different individuals. The subjects vary in age, from an 8-year old child to a 95-year old lady. Each frame has a caption that projects the photographs into the space, engaging with the onlooker. The enthusiasm has been quite palpable, coming from young and older people. Whatever their skin colour, the reaction of visitors has been positive. Those who came from far found the trip worth the effort. A male visitor wrote: ‘I can’t help feeling something uplifting, almost spiritual...’ A blonde lady pointed out that she had been a resident for 18 years and that is the first time she attends locally ‘a celebration of woman’.


That is precisely what the exhibition is about. The centrepiece is a large frame featuring a montage of three young women with eyes so expressive that stay with you long after you’ve left the room. This photography is from Joshua McFadden, of North Carolina, USA, who won the prize of Best Photo offered by the organisers, Mozambique heritage. Although quite modest in tone and means, this exhibition is thus an international event, with photographs from various parts of the world. Such a theme as ‘Creole Women’ could not have been otherwise.


London women had not been excluded. On the contrary. The ‘creole’ factor is alive on the sidewalks of the capital city, to refer to the notes accompanying the exhibition. A local photographer, Ingrid Abraham, of Hackney conducted sessions with London women on behalf of Mozambique Heritage. From the distant island of Mauritius, photographer Rajeenee Panchoo also makes a remarkable contribution.


This has all the marks of work in progress, if only because such a theme draws open the curtains over a new perspective. Transferring immediately from South London to North London is one clear indication. The organisers have already been invited by a town in West Sussex for another edition of the photo exhibition on Creole Women in October. What started off as a contest online for amateur photographers, continued with a series of workshops before delivering an attractive exhibition, with both artistic merits and educational value.


The photo exhibition CREOLE WOMAN organised by Mozambique Heritage is sponsored by The National Lottery UK.

 

Mozambique Heritage.

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