Cancer is a disease mostly associated with the western world. It is less mediagenetic and harder to grasp than HIV/AIDS or Malaria, but affecting a large group of anonymous and faceless people. Evidence from data collected by the Kampala Cancer Registry suggests that cancer incidence is increasing in Kampala with an alarming rate. The Ugandan Cancer Institute, that started in 1967 as a research facility but turned into the main cancer treatment centre in Uganda, can testify for this increase. The number of patients lining up for consultations on Monday morning is surprising, as is the dedication from the staff and caretakers of the patients in the two wards.
July/August 2012 I started to document the Uganda Cancer Institute. In this exhibit you find the results of this series, that should be seen as a work in progress.
This project started as documentation for a research on the Uganda Cancer Institute by Marissa Mika. We are looking at possibilities to expand on what is already done and publish it in a joint work in the future.
Somehow I am not completely at ease with calling myself a photographer. Instead I describe myself as someone doing things with photographs. I make them, collect them, look at them, think and write about them. Sometimes I make the results of this visible for the rest of the world online, in books or in exhibitions. All of this is aimed at telling relevant stories about the way we deal with the world, while it is also a continuing research into how we represent ourselves and that same world in photographs.
The work I do at the moment focuses on urban areas in transition (in Nigeria, Uganda, the US and the Netherlands), and on the production of alternative versions of the representation of Ugandan history. In the projects that involve portraiture, like the one in this exhibit, I try to give as much agency to the people I photograph as possible. They should be in control of their image, I am the person facilitating that. I am aware that there will always be a power issue involved when photographing people, but I try to be present first as a person, and only secondary as a photographer.
Sometimes I experiment with the limitations in representing time and place by combining photographs into multipanel images in an attempt to do justice to the reality depicted.
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