Robin Hammond – Zimbabwe: Your wounds will be named silence

Nyatwa, 2012 © Robin Hammond-NOOR pour la Fondation Carmignac
Nyatwa, 2012 © Robin Hammond-NOOR for the Fondation Carmignac

09 November - 09 December 2012

In 2011, the Carmignac photojournalism Award exhibited Massimo Berruti’s black and white photos depicting the daily life of the Lashkars, which blended beautifully with the mouldings and sculptures in the old church of the Convent des Petits-Augustins, the chapelle de l’École des Beaux-Arts, the oldest part of the building.

In November 2012, the colour photographic story by Robin Hammond on Zimbabwe will be exhibited in the same place, which owes its origins to Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615), better known as “Queen Margot”.

A new layout for a new exhibition: copies of masterpieces of Renaissance painting and sculpture will be displayed among the photographs, as part of a layout where a place, images and sound are brought together in one single movement. The installation of Robin Hammond’s images combines subtle portraits, series of photographs taken from inside a car and depictions of everyday life based on the kukiya-kiya economy (in Shona, a southern Bantu language spoken by 75% of the inhabitants of Zimbabwe), referring to the many forms of “making-do” or finding different ways to survive.

Some observers have spoken of the “normalization of the abnormal”, emphasizing that for the government, sparking off the unexpected had become something of a trademark: expropriation of land with violations of human dignity and the resulting loss of identity, is symptomatic of the situation, as is the catastrophic health system.

Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris

13 quai Malaquai
75006 Paris

Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm


Robin Hammond – Zimbabwe: Your wounds will be named silence