Opening of ‘Memory House’, The Gambia, West Africa. Honouring the victims, and survivors of the former regime.

Opening of ‘Memory House’, The Gambia, West Africa. Colour exhibition portraits © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’. Black and white exhibition portraits ©Bitzphotography.

Opening of 'Memory House', The Gambia, West Africa. A group of Gambian women looking at the exhibition. Images ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from 'Gambia - victims, and resisters'
Opening of ‘Memory House’, The Gambia, West Africa. Portraits © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

ANEKED – MEMORY HOUSE

After some intense months leading up to the opening of Memory House, we are incredibly honoured to welcome today those who shared their stories with us. An emotional day would be an understatement. Thank you for being part of this journey. ANEKED

Opening of 'Memory House', The Gambia, West Africa. A young Gambian man looking at the exhibition. Images ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from 'Gambia - victims, and resisters'
Opening of ‘Memory House’, The Gambia, West Africa. Portraits © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

Gambia – victims, & resisters’

Opening of 'Memory House', The Gambia, West Africa. Black and white portrait © Bitzphotography
Opening of ‘Memory House’, The Gambia, West Africa. Black and white portraits ©Bitzphotography

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Opening of 'Memory House', The Gambia, West Africa. A guide shows a group of Gambian women around the exhibition. Images ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from 'Gambia - victims, and resisters'
Opening of ‘Memory House’, The Gambia, West Africa. Portraits © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio from ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

The opening of @theaneked ‘Memory House’ in The Gambia – It’s hard to believe that five years ago that this would have been possible… it was an emotional evening with victims and families of deceased victims of the former 22-year dictatorial regime of Yahya Jammeh.

We are truly humbled to be part of this incredible homage to the victims, resisters, and survivors.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Photographers & Filmmakers

CAP Prize Winners 2021: (L) A man sits behind the wheel of his disused taxi - seen through the windscreen. (R) A nighttime street view, with people walking, silhouetted against street lights. Images © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio 'Gambia-victims, and resisters'
CAP Prize Winners 2021: (L) . Pa Ousman Njie, torture victim, The Gambia (R) A Banjul street near where Ousman was abducted by National Intelligence agents, The Gambia. Images © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

Current location: The Gambia, West Africa

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NatGeo Travel: Exploring the Gambia’s new Ninki Nanka Trail. Images ©Jason Florio

NatGeo Travel – ‘Exploring the Gambia’s new Ninki Nanka Trail.’ Words by James R.Patterson / Images ©Jason Florio

Ninki Nanka’s appearance is hard to corroborate, with descriptions varying from tribe to tribe. For some, it combines the head of a crocodile with the body of a donkey; for others, it’s a blend of hippopotamus and giraffe. To others still, it’s simply a large snake. Not that seeing it is desirable — its one consistent trait is its fatal stare. Francis’ eyes comb the nearshore. “It’s believed that if you see the Ninki Nanka — purple glossy starling! — you’ll die.” Words by James R.Patterson/NatGeo Travel

Featured Image: Western red colobus monkeys swinging through a jungle canopy is just one of the wildlife sightings on offer along Gambia’s new Ninki Nanka Trail.  Image © Jason Florio

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Current location: The Gambia, West Africa

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CAP Prize 2021 Winners Announced – including ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

CAP Prize - Contemporary African Photography - 2021 Winners - screen grab with winners names
CAP Prize – Contemporary African Photography – 2021 Winners

CAP Prize 2021 – Winners

Aàdesokan

Katel Delia

Jason Florio

Fabrice Monteiro

Joseph Obanubi

The CAP Prize is directed at photographers whose work engages with the African continent or its diaspora. It consists of a series of exhibitions produced in collaboration with major photography festivals in Africa and the rest of the world.⠀

“I don’t care what you do with my picture or my story, but the fact you came and listened to me, that is enough” Alagie Sonko, falsely imprisoned by the former Jammeh regime. ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

CAP Prize Winners 2021 L: a Gambia woman sits in a darkened room, with photos of her late brother in the background. R: a forest in rural Gambia. Images © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio 'Gambia-victims, and resisters'
CAP Prize Winners 2021: (L) Fatou Jammeh, sister of Lt Lamin executed on the order of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh (R) A forest near Jammeh’s palace allegedly where a number of victims were buried. Images © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Since 2017, we have photographed over one-hundred-and-twenty portraits, sites of violations and recorded video testimonies, in The Gambia, Senegal, and Ghana. Our work aims to expose the wide-reaching forms and scale of abuse – to create a historical archive and to be used as a tool for advocacy and public awareness. Early in the project, we came to understand that many people who sat for the portraits found it cathartic, having previously not been able to openly tell their stories, and so our work took on additional and profound meaning and made it a collaborative process.  Alagie Sonko, falsely imprisoned by the regime, said to us “I don’t care what you do with my picture or my story, but the fact you came and listened to me, that is enough”. Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

Cap Prize Winners 2021 - L: A young Gambian woman holds a photograph of her father, with the New York skyline in the background. R: crocodiles swimming in a pool beneath lily pads Images ©Jason Florio
CAP Prize Winners 2021: (L) Nana-Jo Ndow with picture of her father Saul Ndow. He was abducted and murdered in the grounds of former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh’s palace, Kanilai, The Gambia. (R) A crocodile pool at Jammeh’s palace, Kanilai, where murdered opponents were allegedly. ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

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CAP Prize 2021 – Winners

Header image: (L) . Pa Ousman Njie, torture victim, The Gambia (R) A Banjul street near where Ousman was abducted by National Intelligence agents, The Gambia. Images © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

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Current location: The Gambia, West Africa

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TRIAL: The Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Images ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

TRIAL- International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 2021. Images by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, taken from their long-term multimedia series, ‘Gambia-victims, and Resisters’

The Victims of Enforced Disappearances

It’s not uncommon for States to do away with bothersome individuals and ensure their grip on the people by threatening them of sudden disappearance. Enforced disappearances are a grave violation of human rights, especially when widespread and carried out systematically. They are considered a crime against humanity... read/see more at TRIAL International

Press - Jason Florio: Trial International - Portraits fo the victims of Yahya Jammeh, ex-president of The Gambia ©Jason Florio
Press: Trial International – Portraits fo the victims of Yahya Jammeh, ex-president of The Gambia ©Jason Florio

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CAP PRIZE SHORTLIST 2021: Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow survivor of rape. ‘Toufah’. The rape ordeal perpetrated by the then-President, Yahya Jammeh. . Images ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio
Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for twenty two years after taking control of the country with a coup in July1994. With Jammeh’s exile after electoral defeat in 2016, a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was set up to look into his regime’s abuses. The TRRC along with victims families and local media at Yundum army Barracks where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to Jammeh for being allegedly part of a counter coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot. Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

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Current location: The Gambia, West Africa

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