Giulio D'Ercole - Canvas Africa Productions
Photojournalist and Documentary Director Producer
From 2007 until 2011 I held five different photo exhibitions in Kenya, Nigeria and in Italy, at the Biennale di Venezia. These photographic exhibitions revolved around African themes, but contrary to most of the photography work I personally saw before 2003, when I arrived in Kenya, they aimed to showcase the beauty, the dignity, the pride of African people, far from the negative stereotypes of poverty, violence, diseases and desperation usually portrayed by western media when talking about Africa.
"Rural African Women - Beauty Beyond Ego" and "The Face of African Dignity" my last ad first exhibitions, are a perfect example of this. "Impressions from Somalia" also reflects a different angle, a new way to look at the hardship of Somali people, a folk that since 1991 has been living in a state of conflict. In these exhibition I photoshopped the photos to make them look like paintings in order to attract the attention of the viewers puzzling them with images in between reality and fine art. The achieved result was an extreme interest of people to the photos, translating in really looking at them carefully, finally understanding the messages they wanted to share. "Life in Lake Turkana" is instead a sort of more anthropological and social study: the photos show how different tribes living on this jade color lake can co-exist peacefully helping each other to cope with one of the harshest environments on earth. The exhibition though also wanted to raise awareness on the environmental and social dangers posed by the construction of the dam in Ethiopia. This dam in fact preventing the flow of the Omo river water into lake Turkana, could cause the recession of the lake level, with negative repercussions on the water eco-system due to the increase of its salinity, diminishing also the already scarce food resources for the people living around the lake.
Giulio D'Ercole Humanitarian and Development Projects Photographer