Robin Hammond, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe, former Rhodesia, has become a forgotten land. Today, with no light cast on the dark shadows of Robert Mugabe’s relentless tyranny, the downtrodden people of one of Africa’s most hauntingly beautiful nations rightfully feel abandoned by the world. Their modest hope devoured by the malice and greed of politicians, Zimbabwe’s people have nowhere to turn and—facedwith the brutality of the police and military—no strength to cryout in the dark. In Zimbabwe, the New Zealander photojournalist Robin Hammond gives a critically needed voice to a lost generation of Africans who are dying of disease, poverty, and neglect. By bearing witness to a nation’s great despair at great risk to himself and those brave enough to help him, he brings one of Africa’s most enduring and important crises back into the spotlight, into an unhindered space of free expression and protest where the voices of Zimbabwe’s dispossessed can once again be heard.
Exhibition presented by Le Méjan.
Exhibition venue: Magasin Électrique, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2013.