UNSEEN was WAYout’s first exhibition in London of photographs by street youth in Sierra Leone. The photos are amazing and surprising and give a rare insight in to daily life. The exhibition also included poems by WAYout members and was open in October 2018. Some of the photographs were then exhibited as part of the With1Voice Summit in Manchester in November and from there they have gone to Portland, USA. You can see and buy the photographs here. Photos are available for sale from that site or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The photographers are : Nathaniel Sesay aka Mash P. Mash lived on the streets for years and is a musician and filmmaker who explores his past as a child soldier through his music. He started taking photographs early in 2018. Once he discovered a talent for it he was out with a camera almost every day and many of the images in this exhibition are by Mash.
Josta Hopps lived on the streets for 12 years and has been taking photographs for several years. He focuses on people and faces and took some powerful photos during the ebola crisis, one of which was featured on the front page of the Observer (below). Josta is a filmmaker, music, drama and documentary and he teaches others.
Other photographers are Francess Kamara the only female photographer in the exhibition, John Tarawallie who dreams of being a professional photographer one day, Victor Kamara from the Black Street Family, Mohamed Kamara from the Iron Team, Gibrilla Sesay, Abdul Barrie and Musa Konteh. With the exception of Josta Hopps they are all new to photography.
We would like to thank Stella Harding who was an enormous help in curating the exhibition and the Old Diorama Arts Centre for providing the gallery.
The Old Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, London NW1 3FE