HOST Gallery is pleased to announce Curse of the Black Gold, an exhibition by photographer Ed Kashi. The exhibition of photography documents the consequences of a half-century of oil exploration in a region that holds Africa’s largest oil reserves, but offers a stark example of the perils of resource abundance. Kashi’s images capture local leaders, militants, oil workers and villagers living in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
The photo exhibit will feature information on the Bayelsa Expenditure and Income Transparency Initiative, (BEITI), an innovative partnership between state government, citizens and energy companies in local governance of the extractive sector. RWI advised the government in the design and launch of BEITI and directly supports civil society participation in this initiative. BEITI is part of a wider set of RWI programs, sponsored in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which seek to improve natural resource revenue management at the sub-national level.
Ed Kashi was born in New York City and received a degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University. Kashi’s first major documentary project, a study of the Protestant community in Northern Ireland, garnered him a NEA grant. His book, When The Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds was the result of his cover story for National Geographic. Kashi has received numerous awards, including the World Press and Pictures of the Year competitions. The author of Aging in America: The Years Ahead (powerHouse Books, 2003), Kashi has also published his work in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Fortune, Geo and Newsweek among others. Kashi lives in New Jersey.
Related Events with Ed Kashi
Wednesday 10 March – The Third Frame: Visual Imagery and the Representation of the Majority World, LCC 10.30am-5pm
Wednesday 10 March – Evening lecture,Frontline Club, 6pm
Thursday 11 March – LSE Ideas – Africa International Affairs, 6-8pm