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Sunil Shah

“My father owned a General Store in Sunga, we sold to the Africans and we would buy their produce and take it to Kampala to sell.”

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


“More than 50% of Indians in Uganda were poor, but nobody cared about money or anything, they were happy if they earned a little.”

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


Briefcase

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


“Everything was good, everyone got on with everyone, until Amin ruined everything.”

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


“Everyone laughed, they said he was talking rubbish. The Africans were happy that once all these Asians go, we will take everything”.

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


Hurun (antelope)

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


“They took one of my close friends, they killed him.”

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


“The government here said, don’t go to Wembley, don’t go to Southall, don’t go to Leicester, because already crowded with Asians”

Course: BA (Hons) Photography, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an exploration in photography’s documentary potential to reassemble history. In 1972 the dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. I was 3 years old when my family were made refugees, forced to leave our lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. Through analysis of interview transcripts taken with family members, album photographs and stored objects, I was able to reconstruct our experiences as fragmented narratives and visual metaphors. The work alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

www.sunilshah.info


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