Our first exhibition: ‘Adiga’ in London, December 2017

We’re delighted to announce the first exhibition of new photographic work created through the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award.

Shot entirely on film, ‘Adiga: Circassians in Israel’ is an arresting collection exploring Israel’s little-known ethnic Circassian population. 

The collection is on show at the Tabernacle Gallery in London’s Notting Hill (W11), Tuesday 12 – Sunday 17 December, 2017. Admission free, 9am-11pm daily.

The venue features a fantastic cafe/bar serving food and drink throughout the day. Nearest tube: Westbourne Park / Notting Hill Gate.

Print partner: Metro Imaging.

About the exhibition:

Emerging photographer James Arthur Allen used our £1,200 bursary to travel to Israel and spend time among the Circassian people.

Displaced from the Caucasus region in the nineteenth century, the Circassian diaspora spread through Europe and the Middle East. One group settled in what is now Israel; today, a population of 3,000 Circassians resides in Kfar Kama, a small town near the Sea of Galilee. 

Through a blend of formal portraiture and semi-urban landscapes, Allen explores how the Circassians – who are Sunni Muslims – have integrated into Israeli society, while at the same time retaining a fierce sense of cultural independence. 

Examining a cross-section of people and settings, the work counterpoints modernity and tradition, with particular emphasis on how younger generations stay in touch with older customs.

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