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Arles 2013: –Robin Hammond


Winner of the third Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award in 2011, Robin Hammond has now chosen to illustrate the humanitarian crisis touching Zimbabwe, today plunged deep in chaos and poverty. He spent six months in the country at the beginning of 2012, under extremely difficult and dangerous conditions and produced the series entitled ‘Your wounds will be named silence’.

This inventory of Zimbabwe after thirty years of dictatorship is driven by the conviction that the people from Zimbabwe must have a voice outside the borders of their own country. Hammond’s work is divided into four complementary sections and constitutes an exhaustive and sensitive panorama of the recent history of a country in which journalists are not welcome. The exhibition is remorseless in its remarkable series of overwhelming portraits. Picturing the limits of what is acceptable, these photos manage to affirm a strong documentary line of enquiry at the same time as paying constant attention to form and light, though never turning their subject matter into a spectacle.

Aged thirty-seven, Robin Hammond, is a freelance photojournalist from New Zealand and has been a member of the Panos agency since 2007. Winner of several Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism, he currently lives in Paris.

We also want to take the opportunity to announce the new Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award winner: the Italian Davide Monteleone who has been reporting on Chechnya in strange, soft, enigmatic black and white photos, rooted in everyday lives.

Robin Hammond
From Monday 1st July to Sunday 22 September 2013
Magasin Électrique
13200 Arles
De 10h à 19h
8 €

Book Zimbabwe
28 x 22,1 cm, 166 pages, 35 €
Coédition Fondation Carmignac Gestion

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