I am exhibiting two of my photographs from the series “Portraits of Resilience”, as part of a group exhibition in London. “The Art of Existence” collection has been curated by “The Holy Art” organisation with a private view on Friday 10th of February between 7.30 and 10pm at The Holy Art Gallery, The Factory, 21-31 Shacklewell Ln, London, E8 2DA. The work will be shown until Sunday 19th of February.
The Holy Art Gallery has rapidly gained recognition as a leading force in the contemporary and modern art scene, both locally and internationally. It has been described as “one of the most exciting and unconventional independent galleries of recent years.
As a group of galleries, with locations in London and Athens, the Holy Art Gallery invites artists to submit their work for consideration.
The diversity and vibrancy of these communities are reflected in the art that fills the exhibitions, providing a constantly evolving and stimulating experience for visitors.
I am showing two of the portraits photographed in collaboration with TASSC International for the series called “Portraits of Resilience”. The series of photographs feature portraits of survivors of torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum. Most were tortured by repressive governments. These men and women were persecuted for such acts as: standing up for freedom of speech, exposing government corruption, fighting against gender-based violence or forced early marriage for girls.
Survivors are the strongest and most effective voice in the campaign to abolish torture.
Not all survivors want to be recognised for fear of repercussions to their friends and family. As such, each survivor selected a photograph that was significant to them. The photograph was then projected over the individual, sometimes obscuring their identity if anonymity was requested.
The portraits invite viewers to see the survivors in the fullest measure of their humanity— to look beyond whatever pre-conceived notions they might have about refugees and asylum seekers and see them as individuals with very human connections to place and home.