A Slideluck Potshow London/DEVELOP Tube creative collaboration. From Luca: "Having studied Social Anthropology, and then a few years later Editorial Photography, I’ve spent a good few years agonising over notions of representation. Malawi has been relatively peaceful for many years but Africa is often mistakenly deemed to be a single homogeneous country, constantly suffering from both war and famine.

My six-week trip to Malawi in 2006 was my first experience of an African country and one that I will never forget. I travelled with a friend who was born in Malawi and we trekked together from village to village. Very quickly I had a sense of wanting to somehow counterbalance these negative generalisations of ‘African people’ often portrayed in mass media. Far from the ‘shock and awe’ photography tactics so often seen coming out of Africa, I wanted to find my own way of responding to Malawi. These contemplative portraits offer some sense of the calm, pride and strength that I witnessed. The series ‘Wellington Balakas and Other Portraits’ was just the beginning of my love affair with Africa."


As part of a creative collaboration between Slideluck Potshow London and DEVELOP Tube, Erica McDonald has made a selection of the stories presented in London in the 2012 SLPS edition, to be spotlighted on DEVELOP Tube. The artists selected are: Alexander Sedelnikov, Cristina de Middel, Luca Sage, Melissa Cacciola, Paul S. Amundsen, Pierfrancesco Celada, Kirsty Mackay, Claudia Mozzillo, Alvaro Laiz.

Slideluck Potshow (SLPS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. SLPS operates multimedia slideshows combined with potluck dinners in about fifty cities around the world. slideluckpotshow.com/

SLPS London on Facebook: facebook.com/SLIDELUCKPOTSHOWlondon and on Twitter: @SLPSlondon
DEVELOP Photo on Twitter: @DEVELOPphoto

This album is part of the DEVELOP Tube Channel which can be found at vimeo.com/channels/developphoto. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.

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