The Image of the Silk Road - Tianshui Photography Biennale

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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