Famous for the Wrong Reasons

Famous for Wrong Reasons

Photography exhibition by Sal Idriss
Curated by Alessandra Migani
5 April - 2 May 2014
Opening: Saturday 5 April, 7pm
WSP Photography - Via Costanzo Cloro 58 (San Paolo) - Rome, Italy

WSP Photography is pleased to announce Famous for the Wrong Reasons (FFTWR), a photo exhibition by internationally-acclaimed photographer Sal Idriss.
The exhibition is curated by Alessandra Migani with the support of British Council (Rome).
The project FFTWR, has been initiated by Sal Idriss, and is intended to be a free public event. It involves creating photographic portraits and an exhibition of those London families who lost teenage children to gun or knife crime.
The project emerged through the personal tragedy of Sal and his family. On the 27th December 2007, Sal's youngest brother, 16 year old Nassirudeen, died after being stabbed in Islington, London. The experience drew Sal's attention to other families throughout London who had witnessed the devastating loss of a loved one through knife or gun crime. The personal story of the families involved has become the focus and inspiration for the project.
By using the power of photography to illustrate the dangers and risks of carrying guns and knives and by putting real faces to the 'anonymous' names in the newspapers, the exhibition will demonstrate what can happen to families on a personal level and expose the true impacts of such crimes.

The exhibition at WSP Photography, presents 12 portraits of some of the families participating to the project, now open to the rest of Europe.

In the evening of the opening is scheduled a talk with photographer Sal Idriss, Curator Alessandra Migani, Human Rights Advocate George Ebai, Arts Manager Alison Driver (British Council) and the projection of a video interview to the families.

Hendricks family, who lost their son CJ Hendricks (jnr) on the 24th August 2008, Wathamstow
© Sal Idriss

Miiro-Nsubuga Family, who lost his son Miiro Yusufu on the July 10, 2008, Wathamstow © Sal Idriss

Sal Idriss was born in Kumasi (Ghana) in 1970. Then moved to London when he was 15 years old. He now lives between London, Sweden and Paris. Idriss studied photography at the London Institute in England.
He has previously commissioned by Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili, the fashion house Comme de Garcons, David Adjaye of the Adjaye Association and music record labels Polydor and Sony to name but a few. 
His work has been featured on the covers of Blues & Sould magazine, the Guardian, The Times, the Mirror, GQ, Mojo, Scotland on Sunday and ES magazine.
Sal's photographs can be found in the extensive collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London. He currently has 21 images in the permanent collection from his continuing project "f2.8 at 15th" portfolio.
Sal has also exhibited his work at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Greater London Authority and City Hall.
He has also exhibited at the group exhibition "7ème Bamako Biennale 7e Re-encounters Africans Photography" in Mali, Germany, Morocco and Spain.


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