Metro has recently been involved in producing C-Type
and Giclée prints
for a moving new photographic exhibition ‘The Tuareg and a History of the Sahara’ which highlights the lives and current plight of the proud culture of the nomadic Tuareg community.
Opening at The Royal Geographic Society this month, the exhibition curated by the photographer Henrietta Butler feature her own images alongside those of renowned Saharan photographers and paintings by Tuareg artists. Focusing on the little known Tuareg people or as they are sometimes referred "Blue Men of the Desert" the exhibition illustrates a society which has lived in extreme desert conditions, deep in the Sahara for over a thousand years. The culture has modernised and withstood the challenges of the 20th Century, but is now in peril.
Through photography, poetry, historical documents and letters, drawings and maps, debate and music the exhibition and additional events will recount Tuareg history in Algeria, Libya, Niger and Mali from the 19th Century to the present day. This is a fascinating opportunity for the public to discover and learn more about these extraordinary people - from the time when the Tuareg ruled the Sahara to how they see themselves today.
Robin Hanbury-Tenison, co-founder of Survival International
, "the doyen of British explorers" (Spectator) commented, “This event will thoroughly illuminate and explain the Tuareg’s intriguing, vibrant culture – contradictory but sincere, powerful and resilient. A timely, important show, and to my knowledge the first major exhibition on the Tuareg in the UK."