NICK DANZIGER REVISITED
Dates & times
Fri 23 February — Sun 8 April 2018, 10am
ANU Drill Hall Gallery
Image: At the age of 12 Abbas began to work in the Komabangou gold mine. He worked thirteen hours a day, seven days a week, 363 days a year. Sometimes he even did an extra late evening shift. He had never been to school and could not read or write. In the mine there were no safety ropes to break a fall or support struts to protect him in the narrow, stifling galleries. At any moment the ceiling could collapse, burying him alive. One year earlier his boss had fallen down the 22-metre shaft and died. 'After that happened I was afraid to go down the hole but I had to earn money so I had no choice,' Abbas said. A narcotic cocktail – sold by the mine 'pharmacist' and swallowed every six hours – kept up their courage and numbed physical pain.
Nick Danziger, Abbas15, Niger 2005, photograph, 50 x 40 cm. © Nick Danziger / *nb pictures.
Nick Danziger is a documentary photographer, author and activist who has spent the past 25 years documenting the world’s most dispossessed and disadvantaged people. His work is witness to their battle for dignity, resources, education and opportunity in the face of relentless poverty; highlighting the gulf between the affluent West and some of the world’s poorest countries. Revisited assembles an extraordinarily stark portrait of life on the edge. The series exposes the obstacles that lie in the way of the eight ‘Millennium Development Goals’ set by the United Nations, with the aim of eradicating poverty by 2015.
This exhibition is supported by the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.