The Image of the Silk Road - Tianshui Photography Biennale


Kim Thue

Looking at Kim Thue’s images makes you lean into sharp places. His work holds both beauty and terror, seemingly suggesting that the inextricable coexistence of the two is a theme we all carry inside ourselves. - Clayton Maxwell, Writer and Photography Critic.

Despite Sierra Leone being renowned for its brutal civil war, I didn’t have a hidden political agenda, a specific humanitarian issue, or even a clear story in mind whilst making the book. I went to Freetown, not as a photojournalist, but as a stranger with a camera and an open heart. What I hope to have created is something the viewer can tune in to emotionally. Something that hits a nerve without being coercive in nature, and without staking a monopoly on a specific kind of truth. A collection of images simply suggesting that the inextricable coexistence of beauty and dread is an ever present theme within this vigorous and inclement city.

Dimanche, 2016, juin 12