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Berlin in photos

Adentity recently visited European Month of Photography in Berlin. The biennale, which takes place simultaneously in various cities throughout Europe, is Germany’s largest photo festival and attracts museums, cultural institutions, galleries and photographers from around the world.

Throughout the month of October, more than 100 venues around the capital treat the public to a full program of exhibitions and events. This is a chance to see work from some of the stars and emerging talent of the 20th and 21st century, from Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and Cindy Sherman, to Elmgreen & Dragset and Philip Lorca di Corcia.

We visited a number of fantastic exhibitions, including PACK, which features portraits from Berlin’s Techno scene taken by Sven Marquardt, the notorious bouncer of the city’s most famous nightclub, Berghain. As a bouncer, Sven had access to some of the most famous German and international artists, so in 2005 he took his first musician portrait of Manuel Göttsching, a pioneer of electronic/conceptual sounds. This was the beginning of a parallel career that has taken his name beyond Berlin’s club scene, to the international art scene as a celebrated photographer.

The Galerie Pugliese Levi presents photographs by the agriculturalist and photographer Thibaut Duchenne, whose direct manner of looking is situated far from established traditions and techniques and shows a rural world that, while in the process of disappearing, lives on in various eloquent forms.

European Month of Photography Berlin continues until 31st October.
To see the full programme of events, visit www.emop-berlin.eu

 

Make a difference – From Malmö to Kenya

We finally had the chance to meet some of the wonderful people behind the Phyllis Memorial Children’s Home and Academy and their Swedish support organisation Kampi Ya Motos Barn. Phyllis Memorial Children’s home is based in Kenya, in the village of Kampi Ya Moto, which is Swahili for “The village in the Sun”. When Ruth, the manager of the Children’s home, visited Sweden, and Malmö, for the first time, she and her colleagues from Kampi Ya Motos Barn stopped by our office.

Phyllis Memorial cares for 60 orphan children, in ages ranging from pre-school up to high school, with different backgrounds. Some have been living on the streets, others with relatives, but all of them have had a very tough start in life. As well as providing a loving home, Phyllis Memorial also provides education for both its own pupils and children from the local villages.

Over the past 9 years, Adentity has supported Kampi Ya Motos Barn with the design and print of their annual calendar, which is then sold. All the revenue from calendar sales goes directly to the Phyllis Memorial Children’s Home and Academy in Kenya. Our pro- bono work also covers marketing elements, as well as communication material. Read more about our work here.

We were really glad to have the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people behind the home and the home’s manager, aka the children’s “aunt”, Ruth. The visit gave us insight into the daily life of the children and how the home has grown from a simple shed made of sticks, stones and cow dung to a home that provides clean water from a 250 m deep well and has a self-sufficient farm that produces supplies for both the home and the local community. They have also installed biogas which has improved the kitchen facilities tremendously. By producing and selling surplus commodities, the children learn valuable skills that they will need when it is time to leave the home.

We are grateful to our guests for taking the time to visit us and for all their wonderful work. For more information about Kampi ya Motos Barn and how you can support Phyllis Memorial Children’s Home and Academy, visit kampiyamotosbarn.se

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