On the occasion of the 40 years of “Action contre la Faim” (- Action Against Hunger -) , four photographic workshops led by photographer Guillaume Binet were organized in four countries of intervention of the humanitarian association: in Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Guatemala and Bangladesh.
Between December 2018 and April 2019, recipients of “Action contre la Faim”, community relay from the humanitarian association, people from the countries in which Guillaume Binet was and members of the NGO were trained in photography.
During these five-day workshops, the objective was to train them in shooting so that they could express themselves through the universal language of photography. The participants discovered the practice of photography. They documented their lives, their environment and chose to deal with themes that seemed important to them. The idea was to give them the opportunity to express themselves through the image, to let them tell their story and to give a vision of their own situation, to photograph in order to testify.
Guillaume Binet is a photojournalist who has covered the Arab Spring and several conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. On the experience of photographic workshops with the communities, he says: “Whatever the spoken language or the ethnic origin, the images will affect everyone and strengthen the cohesion of the group.”
The photographs allow participants to testify about the experiences of their community members. For example, for Minara Habib Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee, it is an opportunity to witness the precarious situation of her community: “To keep our grief for us, it only serves to make it bigger. It is better to share our pain. If I can tell someone about it, it may have a positive impact on our lives”.
The exhibition will take place on two floors. The space on the ground floor will present the photographs of Guillaume Binet taken in Bangladesh and Côte d’Ivoire. Those taken in Guatemala and Jordan will be on the lower floor. The space in the basement will also host many photographs taken by the workshop participants, as well as a sound immersion in the Guatemalan forest, an opportunity for the visitor to explore the link between hunger and climate change. A making-of film from the various workshops will also be screened.
Exhibition « Ce que je vois » (-What I See-)
October 16 to October 27, 2019
Opening on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 4pm
Wanted Gallery, 23 rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm
Additional information on: www.actioncontrelafaim.org
23 rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris, France
October 16, 2019 to October 27, 2019