SUNIL SHAH: UGANDA STORIES
Launch event: 17 January 2015, 3PM – 5PM
Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and a study in photography's documentary potential to reassemble history. In this exhibition, Sunil Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family's roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives around exile, displacement and dispossession.
In 1972 Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. Shah was three years old when his family were made refugees and forced to endure an unexpected journey, leaving their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK.
Shah investigates the past and extracts fragments, narratives and meanings to construct his own family's tale. The exhibition also alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.