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25.05.2010

 

Portraits of the Forgotten : Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York presents Jehad Nga's 'Turkana'

Several unique tribes live in Kenya and far too many of them spend their lives in drought, forgotten by the government. Just like the Turkana : who live in a region where little if any aid is distributed. Jehad Nga visited these ‘forgotten’ people and documents the faces of a tribe that is at risk of disappearing.

The photographer realised portraits of the locals in a purpose-built, darkened off hut, so that the viewer is confronted with the individuals and is not distracted by the dire surroundings. His choice of lighting almost seems metaphoric, as it captures and lights up the lives of a tribe steeped in the mysterious depths of darkness.

Jehad Nga has realised photographs in Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Darfur, Ethiopia and Iran. His works are regularly published in magazines such as the New York Times, TIME Magazine and Forbes. He has received countless awards including the POYI Picture of the Year International Award.

‘Turkana’ is his second exhibition at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York.

Jehad Nga – Turkana
Bonni Benrubi Gallery
13th Floor
41 East 57th Street
New York

Until 16 July 2010
Regular opening hours: Tue – Sat, 10:00 – 18:00
Summer opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10 – 17:30

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana

Jehad Nga : Turkana