Twenty years after the horrific genocide which led to the deaths of an estimated one million people in Rwanda were brought to the world’s attention, a new exhibition “Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now” hopes to redress the balance and mark a step change in the global perception of a country.
Too often images of Rwanda are reduced to those of violence and death, as seen through the eyes of outsiders however in this exhibition Rwandan photographers have challenged this gaze and show us their country through their own eyes. Their work is brought to international audiences for the first time as the result of a workshop led by award-winning international photographers Andrew Esiebo and Brendan Bannon in which native photographers were encouraged to question the ways in which their country is portrayed internationally.
Metro is delighted to support this show producing and finishing over a hundred C Type prints
as well as mounting to aluminium
, which portray intimate images of everyday life in the African Great Lakes region and reveal a nation in the midst of profound change. By listening to Rwandan narratives and viewing Rwanda through Rwandan images we come a step closer to understanding the scale and scope of the country’s journey and sharing the complexities of survival after mass violence. How do you live side by side with people who killed your families? How can you rebuild lives that were almost completely destroyed?
Zoe Norridge, co-curator, said: “Metro were incredibly helpful from start to finish. We discussed suitable formats, made small adjustments together and worked to an agreed time frame. The images arrived as promised, beautifully printed and ready for hanging. Several visitors have commented on the immediately apparent and highly professional quality of the printing and mounting. Thank you for helping us to show this body of work to such high standards."