The Time is upon us, a few months ago I was informed that I would be exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery, I’m honoured to be included.
It’s also good that the subject of African prisons will gain some well needed exposure, as they seem to be largely overlooked.
The image chosen is of children in prison in Burundi, the first time I visited Ruyigi prison was to document the conditions for the EU, as they are building a separate block for women and children.
The women are regularly raped and subsequently infected with HIV, this also leads to numerous unwanted births. As with most African prisons food is left to family members outside the prison, as there is a critical food shortage in this part of Burundi very little is reaching the prisoners.
I befriended the director of the prison and was able to return, he knew the conditions were appalling and wanted the world to see, he was later dismissed for allowing me access.
I submitted two images for the prize, but only one was chosen, I’ve included the other here aswell.