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Eric Gyamfi - Just Like Us: Constellations

Nov 8 - Feb 15 2018       119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
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Ghanaian photographer Eric Gyamfi first started the Just Like Us photography series to “document an aspect of my history that I feel has not been documented”. Same-sex relationships are illegal in Ghana and against this backdrop Gyamfi strives to celebrate the queer community and remove the stigma of 'otherness' associated with it. Gyamfi sees his work as a way of establishing the Ghanaian queer community’s presence “Not just for the rest of the population but to provide a space for us in history.”

Gyamfi originally started photographing LGBTQi people who had experienced violence or abuse, but following the negative response from his local audience he turned his lens towards showing the more mundane side of his subjects' lives. To achieve this he lived with them for weeks and even months at a time, capturing them in everyday situations and intimate moments.

In this exhibition Gyamfi has created a series of constellations from his images that are displayed alongside his research notes, allowing viewers to discover more about the mechanics behind his works.

Opening event Wed Nov 8 at 18:30.

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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 09:00–18:00, Fri 09:00–14:30, Sat 10:00–14:00. Closed Sun. Nov 8 2017 - Feb 15 2018
Goethe-Institut
119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
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