Face to Face is a free, public exhibition of social documentary and portrait photography curated by Ekow Eshun that was originally exhibited in London in 2020, in partnership with the Fund for Global Human Rights. Now showing across seven locations in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, this second iteration of Face to Face features work of emerging and international artists Alejandro Cartagena, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Medina Dugger, Sabelo Mlangeni, George Osodi and Kyle Weeks.
The exhibition presents encounters that depict the agency, energy, and potential of people and causes on the ground across Africa and Latin America. Photographers participating in the exhibition have spent sustained periods of time directly engaging with the communities they portray in order to create a nuanced representation of their subjects. The exhibition presents imagery of empathy and connection that consistently seeks to affirm the autonomy and the human experience of the individuals at its centre.
Face to Face mirrors the values and approach of The Fund for Global Human Rights which instead of imposing its own solutions on partners, respects their expertise, invests in their ideas and asks them how best to address human rights problems facing their communities. The Fund for Global Human Rights supports a network of over 300 grassroots human rights organisations in more than 25 countries.
Ekow Eshun is a writer and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, overseeing the most prestigious public art programme in the UK, and the former Director of the ICA, London. His most recent publication Africa State of Mind: Contemporary Photography Reimagines a Continent, was nominated for the Lucie Photo Book Prize and was accompanied by a major touring exhibition. He has contributed to monographs and publications on artists including Chris Ofili, Kehinde Wiley, Mark Bradford, Wangechi Mutu and John Akomfrah and his writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Granta, Esquire, GQ Style, Aperture, Wired and L’uomo Vogue.