#GambiaHasDecided – one year in

#GambiaHasDecided hashtag campaign founders, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaHasDecided hashtag campaign founders, Bakau, The Gambia, West Africa. L-R: Lamin, Gilleh, Asta, Salieu  ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

The Gambia – the smallest country on the African continent – has come a long way since this time last year and the beginning of what, doubtlessly, will be an incredibly long journey.

It’s always a pleasure to see these guys, the founders of what became one of the most important, impactful, social media campaigns to come out of West Africa.

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Inauguration banners for President Adama Barrow - image ©Helen Jones-Florio , 2017. — with Andrew Renneisen and Jason Florio.
Inauguration banners for President Adama Barrow – image ©Helen Jones-Florio , 2017. — with Andrew Renneisen and Jason Florio.

 

#GambiaHasDecided - Gambian boys wearing their t-shirts for President Barrow Senegal inauguration celebrations, at Westfields junction, in The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaHasDecided – President Barrow Senegal inauguration celebrations in The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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Image © Jason Florio – Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaving The Gambia to fly into exile in Guinea

 

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Image ©Helen Jones-Florio – Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaving The Gambia to fly into exile in Guinea

 

 

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Image ©Jason Florio – Waiting for Jammeh – Press Gang, Yundum/Banjul Airport, The Gambia

 

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President Adama Barrow Inauguration Day on Gambian Soil

The arrival of President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia, to Bakau Stadium - to be sworn in on Gambia soil © Helen Jones-Florio
Arrival: President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

An incredible day and an equally incredible time in the history of The Gambia, West Africa – Feb 18th, 2017

ECOWAS troops photograph the crowds, with their phones at Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio
ECOWAS troops photograph the crowds, with their phones at Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio

 

A female singer watches President Barrow being sworn in, as she waits to sing the Gambian National Anthem, Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio
Female singer, Aurellia Prom, waits to sing the Gambian National Anthem, Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio 

 

Gambian troops stand to attention, as they wait for the arrival of President Adama Barrow, Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio
Gambian troops wait for the arrival of President Adama Barrow, Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio

 

The brass band perform for President Adama Barrow, Bakau Stadium, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
The brass band perform for President Adama Barrow, Bakau Stadium, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
The red carpet to the podium where President Barrow is sworn in, Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio
The red carpet to the podium where President Barrow is sworn in, Bakau Stadium © Helen Jones-Florio

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#NewGambia – images ©Jason Florio

#GambiaHasDecided - Gambian boys wearing their t-shirts for President Barrow Senegal inauguration celebrations, at Westfields junction, in The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaHasDecided – President Barrow Senegal inauguration celebrations in The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

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Helen Jones-Florio at Bakau Stadium, on the eve of the inauguration ceremony, The Gambia
Helen Jones-Florio at Bakau Stadium, on the eve of the inauguration ceremony

Gambian photography workshops students, Kartong village, The Gambia – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ with Jason Florio

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Image © Alieu Bojang, Kartong village, The Gambia
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Image © Alieu Bojang, Kartong village, The Gambia

We just returned from the village of Kartong, after teaching another successful ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ photography workshop with students chosen from the Press Club of St Martins Basic Cycle School. Not one of the students had used a digital camera before – although a couple of the students used their phone cameras sometimes.  After a morning of theory, with tutor and photographer, Jason Florio,  in the classroom, we sent them off to photograph the village in which they lived. Yet again, we were captivated by the work that they produced throughout the day. The average age of the students was fifteen years old.

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Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

These are just a few samples of the Press Club students work – which, at the end of their days shoot, they edited with the help of workshop tutor and photographer, Jason Florio.  Then, as we have been doing after all of the Gambian workshops, projected  their images onto the cinema-sized inflatable screen (thanks to Josh and the guys at the US Embassy, Banjul – our main partners for the workshops in The Gambia),  later that evening – to audience of around 150 enraptured villagers!

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Image © Dwada Bojang, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Dwada Bojang, Kartong, The Gambia
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The Kartong school Press Club students receive their ‘Photos Tell Stories’ certificates – with thanks to Bobbie Bethall for all her help © Jason Florio
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Image © Edward Badjie, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Famara Jatta, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Famara Jatta, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Fatou Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Fatou Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Lucy Njoku, Kartiong, The Gambia
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Image © Lucy Njoku, Kartiong, The Gambia
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Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

If you would like to find out more about ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ with award-winning photographer, Jason Florio, and producer, Helen Jones-Florio, please check out this link.

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Image © Mariama Tourey, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Mariama Tourey, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Marie Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Marie Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia

We also had an overseas guest for our Kartong workshop, our nephew, Tyrone Florio; who had recently flown in from the UK. Tyrone is studying photography and decided he wanted to come out and help us with the workshops. However, there is no room for nepotism in the ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ camp as we set Tyrone the same assignment as the rest of our students. We think he did very well too.

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Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia

Thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for the digital cameras which our ‘Photos Tell Stories’ Gambian students used to produce some very creative, insightful,  and encouraging work. Encouraging, because it has spurred us on to want to do more workshops in West Africa.

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Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia 

We’ll be adding more work from our other workshops over the coming week – along with ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ images. In the meantime, please check out what we have up here so far on our ‘Photos Tell Students Students Work‘ page.

Thank you for stopping by.

The Florios

Helen Jones-Florio – Photos Tell Stories producer

Jason Florio – Photos Tell Stories photographer and tutor

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“I am Amigoe Dieudonné – Artist Painter” West Africa

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VIMEO: Filmed & produced by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ©Jason Florio/Florio Studio. Click here to view

 

Update: April 26th, 2017: Amigoe needs a little help, to enable him to exhibit his work in Belgium  

The above short video portrait of Amigoe was shot in The Gambia. He has travelled for over fifteen years around West Africa in his wheelchair, which is by no means an easy feat – as Florio and I witnessed for ourselves, whilst following him around, filming, in Gambia – especially when he only has the use of one arm, having been paralyzed in his legs and left arm since he was a young boy. Amigoe’s determined travels saw him stopping along the way to create extensive bodies of work (he told us that in one place he lived outside, in a park for months on end, painting beneath the shade of a big tree) which he exhibits and sells wherever possible to be able to continue his odyssey.

We first met Amigoe at the opening night of our Photos Tell Stories – ‘The Gambia by Gambians‘ – photography exhibition, at the Alliance Française in Banjul. He asked us if we would shoot the short bio, to enable him to approach potential clients and galleries for exhibitions.

 

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Amigoe at work in his house in The Gambia, with Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Last year, true to his independent and ever-inquisitive nature of the past fifteen years, Amigoe decided to make the arduous overland journey to Bamako, Mali, to see if he could expand his artistic career. He is now back in his homeland of Togo, where he returned to for the first time in many, many years to apply for a new passport – ever hopeful to fulfill his dream of being invited to Europe or the US to exhibit his work.

 

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Amigoe working on a new painting for an exhibition in The Gambia  ©Helen Jones-Florio
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Florio, Amigoe, and fellow artists, at his former home in Cape Point, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
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Amigoe surrounded by his paintings, preparing for a forthcoming exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, in Banjul, The Gambia ©Jason Florio

 

As always, we wish Amigoe – the artist painter – all success in his continuing odyssey.

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Florio and Helen – a salon print sale, at home in NYC © Stefan Falke

Multimedia: ‘I am Amigoe Dieudonné – The Artist Painter’ continues his odyssey

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VIMEO: Filmed & produced by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ©Jason Florio/Florio Studio. Click here to view

 

Update: April 26th, 2017: Amigoe needs a little help, to enable him to exhibit his work in Belgium  

A short video portrait shot in The Gambia, of Togolese painter Amigoe Dieudonné, who has traveled for over thirteen years around West Africa in his wheelchair, stopping along the way to create extensive bodies of work, which he exhibits and sells to be able to continue his odyssey.

We met Amigo, last year, whilst living in The Gambia, West Africa, at the opening night of our Photos Tell Stories – ‘The Gambia by Gambians‘ – exhibition. He asked us if we would film a short bio, to enable him to approach potential clients and galleries.

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Amigoe at work in his house in The Gambia, with Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio

A few months ago, true to his independent and ever-inquisitive nature of the past thirteen years, Amigoe decided to make the arduous overland journey to Bamako, Mali, to see if he could expand his artistic career. He recently contacted us to give us some great news – thanks to the Senegalese Chamber of Commerce he, and a select number of other artists, have been given the opportunity to travel to Germany to exhibit their work. Amigoe is currently back in his homeland of Togo, waiting for his new passport.

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Florio, Amigoe, and fellow artists, at his former home in Cape Point, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
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We wish him all success in his continuing odyssey. Watch this space, as we’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress.

Bon voyage, Amigoe – the artist, painter!

UPDATE: January 2016 – Please check out the Go Fund Me campaign, set up independently by Ashley Chiles of TX, to help raise money for Amigoe so that he may achieve some of his goals. 

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

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