Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Open The Gate proudly invite you to

The Private View of the exhibition

In Light, In Shadow

Photographs by Namvula Rennie

With a performance by Brazilian master percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale

Thursday 10th March from 6.30pm

at Open The Gate,

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd , London N16 8BJ

The exhibition will run from Thursday 10th March to Wednesday 6th April.

In Light In Shadow

This exhibition is a selection of evocative photographs from Namvula Rennie’s collection, capturing every-day moments of courage, joy and beauty. It features work from Zambia and Sierra Leone , as well as from her travels around the world.

“Namvula Rennie has an eye for the Planet Hollywood T-shirt in a crowded bar. She sees the courage of the one-legged amputee who throws down his crutches in the sand, and the inventiveness of a child rolling a bicycle tyre across a deserted football pitch. These photographs convey quick joys and slow suffering. They are sometimes witty, often laced with unexpected charm, but always without affectation. There is a candour and steadfastness in these images ... Namvula's work allows no false optimism but is staunchly intolerant of despair”

Mark Ashurst, Journalist

About The Artist

Namvula Rennie has worked as a freelance photographer since 2005, when she lived in Sierra Leone for a year, working for Associated Press. Her photography concentrates largely on social documentary and portraiture. Her work has been published by various magazines and news outlets including Songlines world music magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, BBC, and Le Monde. Her most recent project focused on African migrant experiences in China , and was published in the Africa Report and the Journal of African Media Studies. She has exhibited in London and the United States . (photography) (music)

About Adriano Adewale

Humorous, passionate and thought-provoking, Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale's mesmerising performances always surprise and move. Adriano Adewale has collaborated and shared the stage with many of the world's leading artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Seu Jorge, Salif Keita, Netsayi, and Joanna MacGregor and the Britten Sinfonia.


Exhibition Dates: 10th March - 6th April

Opening Hours: Open Daily 12pm to 12am

Venue Address: Open The Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd , Dalston London N16 8BJ

Admission: Free - ALL Public

Info / Public Enquiry: Sandrine Herbert 0207 503 6099 or

Website: (photography) // (venue)