Perspektivet Museum presents:

VUKUKHANYE-RISING UP

Photographer: Matthew Willman.

Perspektivet Museum in the town of Tromso, way over the arctic circle, have made a truly daring and beautiful exhibition of a project of this talented photographer, which should as whole be seen by far more people in the world. CULTJA came to visit the museum Perspektivet this summer, which will in the future put together even more daring exhibitions. Hopefully, this one by Matthew Willman gets to see the light of day in various museums outside of Norway.

Summary:

In Africa, south of the Sahara, lives two-thirds of the world population with the diagnosis HIV/AIDS. In South Africa, five million people are directly affected by the pandemic.

Over the course of a decade, South African photographer Matthew Willman has documented those who must live with HIV/AIDS on a daily basis, be they individuals or organizations. The photographs reflect his sensitivity and understanding for the ethical challenges that this type of documentation entails. Willman has chosen his focus: He wants to communicate the burning commitment that South African individuals, local communities, and organisations show in their encounters with the pandemic. He wants to show an Africa that is standing up and taking responsibility.

The exhibition is produced by Perspektivet Museum in close collaboration with the photographer. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Annie Lennox have added their support for this exhibition, VUKUKANYE – RISING UP, by personally signing their respective portraits.

STORGATA 95, 15. JUNE – 29. SEPTEMBER 2013
TROMSO – Norway

About the author: Aleph Studied Film Direction, Camera, Photography and Languages in The Netherlands and Belgium. Became a multilingual journalist and writer with a pen and camera in 2001 and traveled. Wrote and writes for various international magazines and newspapers. Runs a studio for video production in Amsterdam with his partner. Loves the long and heavy click of an old analog SLR camera, the intensity of conducting face to face interviews and tonic on a terrace in Paris. Initiated CULTJA in 2011.

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