Book Launch | ‘Bhopal: Facing 30’ by Francesca Moore
Thursday 13 November, 18.30 – 20.30
Artist talk at 19.30
Free entry | Open to all
Bhopal: Facing 30 is the culmination of a photographic project in two parts that portrays the site of the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India and the people that are affected 30 years on.
One part of the project depicts the entire boundary wall of Union Carbide, the disaster site. Supposedly creating a barrier between what is safe, and what is not, the images expose the level of the walls degradation, which allows easy access to toxins harmful to human health and the environment.
Whilst the wall represents 30 years of pain and suffering, the residents surrounding the contaminated site appeared to be resilient and optimistic. To reflect this perception, the wall is presented with a series of formal family portraits of the people who live in the slums that surround the disaster site.
The portraits reference the traditional Indian studio portraits usually acquired by wealthy higher castes, and given the opportunity, the people of Bhopal could register their own dignity, values and resilience through the medium of the family portrait.
The full colour, hard-backed, first edition of Bhopal: Facing 30, published to commemorate the 30th anniversary, will feature a small number of limited edition copies. The book includes text by the artist and a foreword by Satinath Sarangi, Managing Trustee of the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, Bhopal. The book will accompany a touring exhibition of the work in the UK and Europe from November.
For news, updates and events, please visit the Bhopal: Facing 30 website
Bhopal: Facing 30 is funded by Arts Council England.
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