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Albinism - Shining Our Light to the World
Date: 8 June -
22 June 2018
Organization: UNOG
Location: Communal Space, E building 3rd fl.
Category: Exhibition
patron: Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Communal Space, E building 3rd fl.; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 40.

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register here.

About the event:

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the U.N. is proud to support the exhibition “ALBINISM – Shining our Light to the World” by the Spanish photographer Ana Yturralde.

The objective of the exhibition is to celebrate the third International Albinism Awareness day on 13 June by sharing, through this exhibition, the daily life of persons with albinism in Africa. This is a selection of 30 images that match the interest in revealing the daily life and story of people born with a genetic absence of pigmentation in their skin, eyes and hair, belonging to a black ethnic group but have white skin. The exhibition addresses the lack of understanding of their condition and their rejection of their own world. These portraits and the stories contributes to countering myths seeking the dehumanization of persons with albinism.

The Exhibition has been in success and is displayed in CASA ÁFRICA, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria under the title “Albino, bajo la sombra del sol”.

About the artist

Raised in a family of artists, Ana Yturralde is an awarded Spanish photographer specialized in humanitarian and social issues. Most of her work has been produced in Africa and has been included in several exhibitions in different galleries and museums. Worth mentioning is the publication of one of her photographs for “The Emerging Photographers Fund” of the prestigious Magnum Photos Agency, the publication of the report titled “The danger of being albino in Africa” at “El País Semanal” with the subsequent publication of the books “Albinism. A genetic condition, two realities: Spain and Senegal” and “Albinism. An educational challenge”. She has been awarded one of the top ten finalists at the 12th Photo Contest of Smithsonian with a photo of a girl with albinism, and finalist at the 1st International Photography Award REVELA 2012 with her project “When Blacks are White”, and awarded general winner of the Fresh M.I.L.K. Photography Competition chosen by eminent Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt including its publication in the book “Fresh M.I.L.K.: Friends, Families, Lovers & Laughter”.

Her projects include documenting the albino condition in different realities and it has been exhibited in several museums and galleries including those in Casa África of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sala MAC in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Parliament of Cantabria in Santander, the Museum of Ethnology of Valencia, the Domus Museum of A Coruña, Sala Lametro (FGV) of Valencia, Sala de la Diversidad in La Habana (Cuba), Museum MuVIM of Valencia, Festicordes in Rennes (France), Mapfre Convention Center in Madrid and a participation in the Biennale Dak’Art Off 08 of Dakar (Senegal).

Recently two of her photographs have been included in the permanent Art Collection of the Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid. And next may she will participate in an exhibition about albinism in the Biennale Dak’Art 18 of Dakar (Senegal).

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