To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Moroccan invasion of Western Sahara in October-November 1975 and the foundation of the Saharawi republic in exile in February 2016, Sandblast organised a series of events in London over a period of 4 months (Oct 15, 2015 - Feb 6, 2016).
@ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton.
- Oct 15 - Nov 1, 2015: 40-year retrospective photographic exhibition that highlighted the role of UK-based photographers in documenting the struggle in Western Sahara. This included daily activities such as artistic performances, film screenings, talks, and much more from different people based in the UK who have been involved with the Saharawis in various ways thorughout the years. See full program of activities here.
INVITATION to PRIVATE VIEW
We are delighted to invite you to the launch of Sandblast's
"Africa's Last Colony" events @ Hundred Years Gallery
Thurs, 15th Oct, 7.30-9.30pm (doors open 7pm).
Please RSVP by Oct 12th.
*For full details of upcoming events, check Press Release
We are excited to announce a series of events we're organising this autumn to commemorate the 40 years of the Saharawi struggle for self-determination in collaboration with various collectives and two vibrant London venues, Bolivar Hall (Venezuelan embassy) and Hundred Years Gallery.
Through photography, film, music and much more, Africa's Last Colony - 40 Years Not Forgotten aims to remember the most important events that have shaped the history of the conflict inWestern Sahara, as well as to showcase the valuable role of UK-based artists in raising awareness about this underreported issue.
Juan Antonio ‘Juantxu’ Rodriguez Moreno (Bilbao, 1957 – Panama, 1989) portrayed the reality from a independent perspective until he died while working in Panama. On December 21, 1989 an American marine shot him to death, becaming the first Spanish photojournalist killed in armed conflict. He was reporting the Panama invasion by USA army for ‘El Pais’.
Juantxu Rodriguez began his photographic career in 1979. Melilla was one of his first destinations, where he met a Saharawi who made him beign increasingly inspired by the Saharawi culture and traditions.
This is a taster for the amazing photography you’ll be seeing at Sahara Nights.
Thirst of the Dunes. Images and words from the forgotten refugee camps of the Sahara (2011), Robert Griffin and Stefan Simanowitz.
Evocative and contemporary images of the daily lives of ordinary Saharawi refugees in south west Algeria, capturing moments of reflection, playfulness and the harsh beauty of their exile
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