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
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.
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
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’
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’
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