Facing Prejudice By Mark Henley
Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 7pm
This new series of photographs is the result of an act of vandalism on an exhibition of portraits of refugees seeking asylum in Switzerland.
Initially, the paper photos were pasted on a square in Geneva by the refugees themselves in the context of an anti-racism week. They were however damaged overnight, and had to be taken down, but not before they were rephotographed, a kind of re-witnessing of the refugee experience, producing a new series of photos, more complex and more challenging than the originals*.
In this work, that is in one sense purely documentary, but in another, entirely personal, Mark Henley - twice named Swiss Press Photographer of the Year - subtlety captures the resistance and pressures these often vulnerable individuals seeking asylum face. In February 2017, it received an 'Award of Excellence' in the Us Poyi Competition.
*The original series of photos was produced in cooperation with French artist JR’s Insideout project and the Hospice General in Geneva who are charged with social responsibility for refugees in the canton. It was recently featured in les Grands Reportages by Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF).
Contact / rsvp: Maurice Ziegler