Emma Brown’s exhibition ‘Sahrawi Women and their Sahara’

Emma brown-photography exhibition at poplar union
Emma brown-photography exhibition at poplar union

Sahrawi Women and their Sahara

Exhibition runs: Wednesday 1 August – Sunday 2 September
Opening times: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
PV: 5-9pm Thursday 2 August

Made over seven years of documenting the work of London based Olive Branch Arts in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps in South West Algeria this series of photographs explores Emma’s personal connections with the women, young and old who are the backbone of their community, and the harsh desert that they are compelled to live in.
Despite extreme hardships, the Sahrawi community has managed to build a democratically run nation-in-exile on the refugee camps where women play a prominent role, defying Western preconceptions of Arab-Muslim societies.

Emma brown, exhibition, poplar union, refugees, photography exhibition, free entry, e5 roasthouse, poplar, east london, arts centre

Emma is an award-winning portrait and humanitarian photographer. A visual storyteller, Emma is intrigued by the poetic character of people and looks for the beauty in small, seemingly unimportant and everyday things. Her calm and meditative approach to photography enables her to go almost unnoticed, allowing her to create lyrical, humanistic images.

Alongside her photographs from the Sahara Emma will also be showing some of her newest work, a selection of Wet Plate Collodion Tintype portraits made alongside Artist Mary Branson for a National Trust and Arts Council commission in May. Come along to find out more about this fascinating Victorian photographic process.

Website: Emma Brown

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