A photograph exhibition: Sudan’s Frontiers and Frontlines
The work of French photographer Jérôme Tubiana is the subject of an exhibition at the French Center for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) in Addis Ababa. Titled “Sudan’s Frontiers and Frontlines”, the exhibition includes 30 photographs, most of them taken after the independence of South Sudan in mid-2011.The photos depict the situations of rebel soldiers of Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the plight of refugees in Yida camp who had fled their homes in search of safety.With the independence of South Sudan, the frontlines which in the past pastoralists used to cross without necessarily feeling they belong to one side have now become disputed borderlands. Jérôme who has been travelling around those old and new frontiers became an eyewitness to the dramatic events, through his camra lens.”I position myself as a neutral observer, just showing what I saw, both victims and perpetuators,” says the 37-year-old photographer.
Jérôme’s unique photographic perspective gives viewers a haunting look at daily life among the people of this region, who have endured years of hardship and brutal civil conflict.One of his stunning qualities is the clarity of all the elements, equally sharp in the background and foreground.
Jérôme’s work has been featured in prestigious galleries, museums and publications such as Géo, National Geographic Magazine-France, Le Point, Libération, London Review of Books, Dispatches Magazine. Jérôme is an author of a book entitled « Chroniques du Darfour », a book combining text and photos which chronicles the conflict in Darfur and East of Chad.
The exhibition will run until June 22. CFEE is located in Kebena area.