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'The Tuareg and a History of the Sahara' curated by Henrietta Butler

01 June 2015
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Through photography, poetry, historical documents and letters, drawings and maps, debate and music the exhibition and additional events will recount Tuareg history in Algeria, Libya, Niger and Mali from the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."
A book 'The Tuareg and a History of the Sahara' by Henrietta Butler is currently available to buy

The Royal Geographical Society, The Pavilion, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Exhibition Dates: 2nd – 20th June 2015
Opening times: Weekdays - 10.00am - 9.00pm
(closed Friday 5 June at 12.00pm, reopening on Monday 8 June at 10.00am & closed Thursday 11th June from 2pm to 6pm)
Saturday 13 June 2015, 10.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday 14 June 2015, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 20 June, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

For information about the exhibition and associated events
For information about Henrietta Butler

Images © Henrietta Butler

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