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Rwanda Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards

Date: 07/04/2014

The AHRC Image Gallery today launched the first of a series of monthly exhibitions created by researchers who responded to an AHRC call last year. The first exhibition, called ‘Rwanda: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards’, marks the twentieth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda that claimed the lives of over 800,000 Tutsis and their perceived Hutu and Twa sympathisers.

The virtual exhibition, curated by Zoe Norridge of King’s College London in collaboration photographers Brendan Bannon and Fabrice Musafiri, gives, says Norridge, a 'glimpse of the multifaceted nature of personal memories in Rwanda' through a series of photographs taken in Rwanda in the Spring of this year. 'They evoke the pre-genocide past, the genocide and the last two decades of change', she says.

The AHRC Image Gallery was launched in the summer of 2013 with a series of guest exhibitions from the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Southampton and Nottingham and the British Library.

An open call was subsequently launched in October 2013 attracting nearly 150 applications from which ten were chosen to receive small amounts of funding to source, select, caption and present images on the AHRC Image Gallery. Exhibitions to follow include displays on: Marketing the Pill: a visual history; David Livingstone's last journals; The Frederick Douglass Community: A Black Abolitionist in Murals and Street Art; and A History of Digital Art.

The AHRC Image Gallery is designed to showcase the range of digital images generated either as by-products or as outputs of research projects in the arts and humanities as a means of highlighting the richness and diversity of images created and used within the arts and humanities and to showcase the talents of those who create them, including those of doctoral students and early career researchers.

An exhibition 'Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now' curated by Zoe Norridge and Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP, is currently being held at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House. For further information on Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now.

Further information on the AHRC Image Gallery.



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