Photographic show “Famous for the Wrong Reasons” all set to click

Depicts plight of families, who have lost members to crime



To be on 2nd June – 2nd July


3rd June 2010: A photographic exhibition created by internationally acclaimed photographer Sal Idriss with young people from across London’s boroughs depicts the experiences of families affected by losing a teenage member to gun and knife crime.

It’s on till 2nd July at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London.

The exhibition `Famous for the Wrong Reasons’ by the artist behind f2.5 @ 15th: Black Role Models, movingly shows the families on their own terms, with the aim that they are perceived not as names, numbers or headlines that disappear, but as people who are coping with this loss, pain and immense sadness, every day.
The project emerged as a result of personal tragedy to Sal and his family. On 27th December 2007, Sal’s youngest brother Nassirudeen Isa-Osawe was stabbed to death in Islington, North London, in an unprovoked attack. He was just 16.
The experience drew Sal’s attention to other families throughout London, who had experienced the devastating loss of a loved one through knife or gun crime. This eye-opening exhibition displays an array of photographic portraits representing families, who have lost teenagers to gun and knife crime from the year 2007 until this present day.
“Famous for the Wrong Reasons aims to educate and deter those vulnerable to or already involved with gun or knife crime by using the emotional power of photography to illustrate the dangers and risks of carrying guns and knives and to demonstrate what can happen to families on a personal level.

“By putting real faces to the ‘anonymous’ names in the newspapers, I hope to expose the true impacts of such crimes.

“The second aim is to provide a way for people across the community to talk about the causes of teenagers carrying guns or knives in their neighbourhoods, and to better understand the root causes often related to gangs, bullying and/or drugs.

Lastly, the project aims to shift young people’s attitudes and deglamourise gun and knife crime,” he says.

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