Journey to Freedom

Freedom can sometimes be elusive, out of reach in the distance far, far away. Each step we make towards it though, offers closer access and opportunity for those who come after. Creating a pathway that leads to freedom ensures that the next generation has the proper foundation and can truly explore what it means to be free.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

Originating in southern African cultures, Ubuntu embodies the concept of togetherness and oneness in existence. The image shows three figures following after two vehicles in the desert. Despite the haze of dust, the vans are polished. Trailing behind them are man, teenager, and child. The youngest boy follows the vehicles most closely, suggesting a growing investment in the tourism sector. The last man trails at a slight distance, organic clothing and bare feet in contrast with the shine of the heavy-duty vehicles. They drive further from him and the tradition he embodies, but an undeniable thread of connection ties the three generations of man to one another.  

Amir Leung-Tat, Journey to Freedom, 2018. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.

Amir Leung-Tat

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Ubuntu is a exhibition of the photography of Amir Leung-Tat. An interpretation of the Nguni term which means "I am because we are" and associated African philosophy which promotes the interconnectedness of humanity, Leung-Tat's work 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 Keyna, 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.

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