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The Ravestijn Gallery of Amsterdam is proud to present ‘Becoming South Sudan’, a series by British-Mexican photographer Alinka Echeverría. Through December 3, 2016.

Prior to South Sudan’s independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011, forty years of internal conflicts and two protracted civil wars had permeated the history of the country.

Artist Alinka Echeverría's series arrests the momentum of the solemnity of the independence day preparations in the country's capital Juba in June 2011. Arranged in three chapters, the series propound the idea of becoming as a mode of wearing; military and religious uniforms constitute the dynamic undercurrent between the subjects. While the costumes might propose a sense of national togetherness, what Echeverría delivers is actually strikingly intimate set of portraits that transcend the conventional patriotism of national consciousness; consciousness that in the case of South Sudan could not have been in any way fully realized concept back in 2011. The question remains whether it is that today.

Alinka Echeverría (b. 1981) is a British-Mexican artist working in the field of expanded photography. She studied Social Anthropology and Development at the University of Edinburgh before completing a degree in photography at the International Center for Photography in New York in 2008. Her work engages the cross sections of documentary photography, visual anthropology and conceptual art. Her work is part of the public and institutional collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, BMW Art & Culture Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.

Please find more information at The Ravestijn Gallery Amsterdam

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