Congratulations to photographer Vasantha Yogananthan who has been announced as the laureate of the French-American photography commission Immersion. The programme by the Fondation Hermès, is dedicated to contemporary photography and each year makes possible the creation, exhibition and publication of new work.
Yogananthan will be making new work in the USA in 2020, which will be exhibited at the SFMOMA (San Francisco) and at the Fondation HCB (Paris) in 2021.
“We came from fire, and we will return to fire”: This ancient Kurdish proverb has been kept alive with the oral tradition of an endangered language—spoken in the privacy of the family home away from the watchful eyes of rulers and regimes, or sung in the mountains by dissident poets and rebels.
Amna Suraka Prison, once a Saddam-era jail notorious for the torture and unjust incarceration of Kurdish and Iraqi civilians, now proudly displays portraits of Kurds, Arabs & others who are currently fighting other tyrants.
Joey L and Metrography will donate all proceeds from prints & the workshop to Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê, an NGO who works on the frontlines helping those displaced by the Turkish invasion of Syria. These are brave aid workers who have been targeted and killed, yet continue their brave work in Rojava and beyond.
The exhibition with Metrography opens on November 2 and will have 50 prints installed in the Saddam-era Prison (which is now a museum).