We are thrilled to be chosen for The Photoville FENCE, 2020, with our on-going series, ‘Gambia – victims and resisters’ – a multimedia body of work that began back in 2016. With the blessing of those we have photographed and filmed, our intention has always been to share the very personal and traumatic stories far and wide. We thank the FENCE jurors, and the Photoville team, for helping us to do this.
El Pais – Portraits of Gambian village chiefs, and elders ©Jason Florio. The formal portraits were taken whilst on the first fully documented circumnavigation, entirely by foot, of the small West African country (930km), in 2009, with Helen Jones-Florio
Press: El Pais – Gambia, The Hidden Horrors of Africa’s Silent Dictatorship– Three years after the fall of the Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, pressured by the street after losing at the polls, a commission (Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations – TRRC) brings to light the terrible crimes committed for two decades, supported by its apparatus of repression, the collusionContinue reading “Press: El Pais – ‘Gambia, The Hidden Horrors of Africa’s Silent Dictatorship’”
The tiny West African republic, The Gambia, is a popular winter-sun holiday destination for Europeans. However, most tourists have little idea of the dark and shattered underbelly of ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa’, as the Gambia is fondly called. From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia as his fiefdom, crushing dissent, and oppositionContinue reading “The Gambia – finding truth and reconciliation”