Sal Idriss Famous For The Wrong Reasons @ Rich Mix
Last week neon got the chance to take a look around the recently refurbished Rich Mix, which is looking fresh with a brand new bar and rooms now available to hire for events.
We managed to catch a photographic exhibition called Famous For The Wrong Reasons that forms part of the Rich Mix Arts & Culture programme.
Sal Idriss Famous For The Wrong Reasons is a moving photographic exhibition that aims to educate and deter those vulnerable to gun and knife crime. Created by photographer Sal Idriss it is inspired by the artist’s own experience of this, his brother Nassirudeen, who died in 2007 as the result of an unprovoked knife attack in Islington, a few days before his 17th birthday.
The grieving experience drew Sal’s attention to the many families throughout London, dealing with the devastating loss of a loved one through knife or gun crime. Their personal stories are the impetus for this poignant project, which aims to educate and deter people from across London and beyond.
Individual portraits (many taken on location) show families who are coping with loss, pain and immense sadness every day as a result of knife and gun crime activity. Unfortunately so many families across London have become Famous for the Wrong Reasons.
We found the exhibition to be very moving, each portrait is taken so the families are looking directly into your eyes so you get an overwhelming sense of their grief. Neon recommend you have a look for yourself, the exhibition is FREE at Rich Mix until the 7th of November 2010.