Ken Kamara

In a world of screens such as the one we live today, making eye contact is something we are less and less accustomed to. We shy away from that moment of recognition – of the other’s presence, of our own presence – that is at the core and marks the very beginning of any authentic human relationship.

Still, when our eyes meet, we allow for a revelation to happen: in a speechless dialogue that lasts the time of a glance, we accept to uncover who we truly are, as we welcome a truth that spreads from the eyes of the person standing before us. Regardless of what their name is, where they live, what they have done or are about to do.

Through my collection of portraits, I am at taking the audience with me in a journey back to the transient moment where my eyes met with those of the people portrayed. In some ways acting as conduit while at the same time finding a way of preventing myself from being an obstruction to the audience. By experiencing the same intimate face-to-face encounters through the photographs in display, the audience has the chance to engage in a similar yet new dialogue with the faces of the people standing before them.

Our diversity is what brings us together. In searching for commonalities, I observe endless individualities and see endless commonalities within each individual, that are highlighted by the intimate portraits I take with an analogue camera from 1956.

In every encounter there is a dialogue without words creating an understated, engaging, direct yet vulnerable sense of each person. Behind the outcome of the work is the interest of people and, through them, of trends, movements, protests, individual and group dynamics that are part of our being human.

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