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‘Destination Europe’ by Jason Florio – prints ready to ship to the International Center of Photography, NYC

‘Destination Europe’ award-winning photography© Jason Florio

With great thanks, Helene Greenburg-Wyman Contemporary, New York. A selection of 10 photography prints from my long term award-winning body of work ‘Destination Europe’ – documenting the migration crisis in the Mediterranean sea (2015-16) – will become part of the permanent collection of International Centre of Photography Museum, New York City. 

‘The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture’

Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' - one of the top winners of the Magnum Photography Awards 2017
Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe’ – one of the top winners of the Magnum Photography Awards 2017

Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and image-making practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. 

ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change’

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Behind the scenes – Jason Florio films an interview with a victim of Yahya Jammeh, Essau, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio #Portraits4PositiveChange

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Gambia Portraits of Victims and Resisters of a Regime © Jason Florio

 

Gambia Portraits © Jason Florio - Ebrima Jabang, Tujering, The Gambia - In april 2016 Jabang was tortured by Yahya Jammeh's dictatorial regime

Gambia Portraits © Jason Florio – Ebrima Jabang, Tujering, The Gambia, West Africa

 

Gambia portraits – Ebrima Jabang, age 64, was arrested along with the opposition activist, Solo Sandeng, during the April 14th 2016 peaceful protest for electoral reform. He was taken to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters, tied face down on a table and tortured by Yahya Jammeh’s personal hit squad, the Junglers, permanently losing the sight in is right eye among other internal injuries. Jabang said that he could hear the screams of Solo Sandeng, who was being tortured in another room. Sandeng died on the same day, as a result of being tortured.

Gambia Portraits - Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered activist, Solo Sandeng, whilst she was in exile in Dakar Senegal © Jason Florio

Gambia Portraits – Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered activist, Solo Sandeng, whilst she was in exile in Senegal © Jason Florio.

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

A Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) began in January 2019, in The Gambia, to investigate ex-president, Yahya Jammeh’s, 22-year authoritarian rule whereby mass human rights violations took place. A momentous, and historical, time for the Gambia, and Gambians to be able to speak so freely once again. For the past two years, we have had the privilege of being able to photograph and film the testimonies of victims, and resisters of the Jammeh regime

#GambiaHasDecided

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January 26, 2017 – The new president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, arrives home. Images © Jason Florio

 

January 26, 2017

Welcome home, Mr. President!

A new era for The Gambia, West Africa

President Adama Barrow returns, Gambia - arrives back into the country after his self-imposed exile in Senegal © jason_florio-9706

President Adama Barrow of The Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio .

President Adama Barrow returns, Gambia

‘A new era for The Gambia – President Adama Barrow arrives home from a brief exile in Senegal. Tens of thousands lined the road from the airport – it took 4 hours to make a journey that normally would take only a quarter of an hour… it was worth every minute.’ Jason Florio

#GambiaHasDecided

President Adama Barrow returns, Gambia - 100's of 1000's of people welcome back their new President, Adama Barrow, of the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio

Hundreds of thousands of people welcome back their new President, Adama Barrow, of the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio.

On Dec 1st, 2016 the Gambian people voted out their autocratic President Yahya Jammeh, after 22 years in power, and elected Adama Barrow as their new president. Jammeh conceded defeat, but a week later announced that he was annulling the election results and would not step down. A grassroots movement #GambiaHasDecided emerged in reaction.

Shortly after Gambia's new President, Adama Barrow was sworn into office in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, supporters gathered at West Field Junction in the Gambian commercial hub of Serrekunda. The ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, is just a few kilometers away in the island capital of Banjul refusing to step down. Image © Jason Florio

17th January 2017 – Shortly after Gambia’s new President, Adama Barrow was sworn into office in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, supporters gathered at West Field Junction in the Gambian commercial hub of Serrekunda. The ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, is just a few kilometers away in the island capital of Banjul refusing to step down. Image © Jason Florio.

 

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Portraits of Victims and Resisters, The Gambia © Jason Florio

 

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

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Portraits for Positive Change Gambia – Dodou Sanyang in the room of his recently deceased mother. She was one of over a thousand elderly people abducted on the order of the former president, Yahya Jammeh in 2009. Groups of Jammeh’s paramilitary troops along with his youth brigade, The Green Boys and ‘magicians’ from Guinea went from village to village as part of a nationwide hunt for witches.

The alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft. Some were also severely beaten and robbed by their captors. Some died at the detention sites, and others like Sanyang’s mother suffered years of illness before dying. Many in Sanyang’s village believe the elderly there were not targeted for witchcraft, but because the village had been an opposition stronghold –  Essau, Northbank Division, The Gambia.

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – #Portraits4PositiveChange ©Helen Jones-Florio, the Gambia

Along with making the portraits, we have been filming testimonies with each of the victims, and resisters. Here we are with our Gambian fixer and translator, in Essau, Madi. Here’s how you can help make a change.

#Portraits4PositiveChange Gambia

From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

“I will rule for a billion years if Allah wills it” Yahya Jammeh

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

Yusupha Mbye - student shot during peaceful protest - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange Portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – Portraits4PositiveChange – Yusupha Mbye was shot by security forces whilst attending a student peaceful protest in 2000 when he was 18 years old. He was left paralyzed ©Jason Florio

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

 in Equatorial Guinea Deposed President Jammeh waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul International Airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years ©Jason Florio, January 2017

Deposed President Yahya Jammeh waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul International Airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea, January 2017 © Jason Florio 

Gambia Has Decided

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio

Then President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival, 2014 © Jason Florio / Getty Images.

#Portraits4PositiveChange Gambia

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