Really amazing photographs of Ethiopian market-goers by Nicola Reed will be in a selling show to raise money for Ethiopiaid. The images are gripping, not only because of the incredibly beautiful faces of the subjects chosen but also because of the striking face makeup they use and the gem coloured backgrounds.
Reed, who has an MA in Fine Arts from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, first visited Ethiopia 30 years ago to film Dr Catherine Hamlin who has cured thousands of women with fistula, when malnourished women’s pelvises don’t grow big enough for their baby’s to be easily born and so there is internal ripping and holes made during the birth. This leaves the women incontinent, both with faeces and urine, and they are often ostracised. A half hour operation sorts the whole problem out and the women can return to normality. After that first meeting Reed has returned nearly every year to offer her support to the hospital.
In the early days the Ethiopian government saw Dr Hamlin and her late husband, who worked alongside her, as meddling in their culture. Now, the Ethiopian government have recognised the work of the hospital so everything works more smoothly. Reed says: “I think historically it was really difficult to rally support as Catherine was seen as a threat and a critical voice. At last they are prepared to listen and trust.”
Each image is one of 25 prints selling from £200 each with every penny going to Ethiopiaid. Friday, 5th June, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Fitzroy Square. nicolaarkell and this is the charity … ethiopiaid