From here to Africa | Head On Photo Festival

From here to Africa


Ilan Wittenberg

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Exhibition Description

‘From Here to Africa’ is a collection of captivating portraits of the Maasai people from Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu Plains and Serengeti National Park. I found myself deeply inspired upon meeting the Maasai tribe and realised the opportunity to document a unique culture which is being eroded by Western influence and modern technology.

When I sent a link of the portfolio to members of the tribe they were delighted, saying that my photos showed that I really loved their people. On a personal level, this reminds me of the true value of photography: preserving memories in order to relive special stories and pass them on to others.

Through this collection of carefully composed photographs, the Maasai people can share their rich culture with the world. I aim to depict the Maasai culture in an authentic and honest way, using a clear narrative style which shows viewers the significance of their culture, as well as their individual personalities.

My goal is to provoke viewers’ imagination regarding the tradition of the Maasai people and the stories behind their portraits. In sharing this portfolio, I encourage viewers to show tolerance, to accept different people and to recognise the value of cultural diversity. We would all experience an enhanced sense of community if we took the time to appreciate interactions which allow us to discover a world beyond our familiar boundaries.

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Artist Bio

In 2014, Ilan Wittenberg's first exhibition was held at Auckland’s scenic waterfront. Titled 'Black, White & Colour', the exhibition featured portraiture, landscape and fine art. In 2015, Wittenberg documented the people in the Old City of Jerusalem. 'Faces of Jerusalem' was exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and featured in f11 Magazine, Art New Zealand magazine and D-Photo Magazine. Ilan then became a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and the NZIPP. Ilan has been awarded the title: Travel Photographer of the Year award from TRAVCO.

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Dates and Times

16 November 2020 to 05 December 2020

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Monday - Sunday:
10:00 am-4:00 pm