“In Africa there is a concept known as ‘ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.”Nelson Mandela
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Ubuntu is a exhibition of the photography of Amir Leung-Tat
Ubuntu is a Nguni term which means “I am because we are”. In Africa the concept known as ‘ubuntu’ refers to the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will, in equal measure, be due to the work and achievement of others. The philosphy of ubuntu has inspired the work of prominent 20th century activists such as Nelson Mandela, which foregrounds the interconnectedness of all humanity. It reminds us that we cannot be human except through the existence and success of others.
It is in that spirit of the continuum of humanity that Leung-Tat finds himself.
Spanning two continents, Leung-Tat’s striking photography represents a poignant exploration of the vast totality of the black experience through the eyes of an artist coming of age. Shot during his time in Kenya, as well as during the 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Boston, MA, his work captures the enduring connections and similarities that override geographical differences. Despite the forced separation of Black bodies from their homeland, there is a vibrant energy and resolve to overcome obstacles and a singularity of spirit that remains connected across time and space.
The images show emotional and artistic expression, the need for communication and articulation, in both communities and are characterized by a respectful and intimate portrayal of individuals deep in the moment working towards positive futures together.