21 Nov 2007 > 20 Dec 2007
artist(s): Robert Go

Tasneem Gallery is pleased to present the first in a series of major exhibitions showcasing international contemporary artists. The first exhibition Homefront, by the talented photographer and journalist Robert Go, will open with a preview event on 21 November 2007.

Homefront takes a different look at Sri Lanka, focusing on the eventful three-year period during which Robert lived and worked there. Not only does it tell the familiar stories of tourism, civil war and the after-effects of the 2004 Tsunami, the photographs in this collection also portray the lesser known stories that celebrate, and comment on, the intricate details of life in Sri Lanka. And they do it in a way that will hopefully surprise and maybe challenge the viewer’s perceptions.

Split into two sections, Home and Front, the exhibition tells complementary and interlinked stories. Home reacts to the everyday, to mundane events and moments. Front presents observations of conflict, trials, and adversity. In doing so it sometimes acts as a stark reminder of how far we, as a global community, still have to go before we can satisfactorily say that we are good to one another.

Curator and gallery owner Tasneem Salam says ‘I’m delighted to be able to host this exhibition of Robert’s work. I know him as a photojournalist who thinks carefully about the society in which he lives and how he uses photography in its global portrayal. In particular, I enjoy how he weaves stories using a combination of photography and words. He manages to capture the essence of his subject and shares his insights, into complex issues, without being sensationalist. To me his work is wonderfully observed and detailed.’

With this exhibition, Robert has gone beyond photojournalism into the realms of art. In its entirety the exhibition is thought-provoking and powerful, yet individually each photo is exquisite and breathtakingly beautiful.

Homefront runs from 21 November 2007 to 20 December 2007. A fully illustrated catalogue, written by Robert Go with foreword by Tasneem Salam, will accompany the exhibition