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Framing Hope

Framing Hope

FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty launches a new photography exhibition – FRAMING HOPE: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication with FXB International - by world-renowned photographer Jillian Edelstein.

Opening at gallery@oxo on 14 August 2014, the exhibition features 25 inspiring images shot by Jillian Edelstein, capturing the stories of hope and success of families in Burundi, China, Uganda, Colombia, India and Rwanda who joined the ground-breaking FXBVillage programme – a pioneering, three-year holistic programme to bring about long-term poverty eradication.

In the last 25 years, through numerous projects including the FXBVillages, sustainable community development, infrastructure rehabilitation, education, prevention, awareness and access to water and sanitation programmes, 17 million adults and children across 20 countries have benefited from the presence of FXB International in their communities.

The exhibition will also feature the winning photograph from FXB’s Global Photography Competition. The competition asks amateur photographers across the world to submit a single photograph that best conveys the theme “Framing Hope”. As well as having their work exhibited at gallery@oxo, the winner will also win a masterclass with Jillian Edelstein.

About Jillian Edelstein 

London-based photographer, Jillian Edelstein, began working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa on the Rand Daily Mail. In 1985 she enrolled in the London College of Printing’s photojournalism course where she met the Photo Editor of The Sunday Times who immediately offered her a contract. Since then, her portraits have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, PORT and Interview. She has worked on campaigns for Comic Relief, The National Theatre, The National Portrait Gallery, Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO, EMI, UNICEF, Save The Children Fund, OXFAM, The Royal Shakespeare Company, SONY, BT and TESCO.

She has received several awards including the Kodak UK Young Photographer of the Year in 1986, Photographers’ Gallery Portrait Photographer of the Year Award 1990, the Visa d’Or at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan in 1997, the European Final Art Polaroid Award in 1999, and the John Kobal Book Award in 2003.

Between 1996 and 2002 she returned to South Africa frequently to document the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This work culminated in an award-winning book Truth and Lies, shot in large format and published by Granta in 2002. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery,  Tom Blau Gallery in London, the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France, the Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg, Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, Kijk Galerie, Paris and Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan Province, China.

She is working on two new books – “Affinities”, iconic creative duos/working partnerships and “Here & There: An Expedition of Sorts”, the story of her family’s journey from Eastern Europe to Africa.

In 2012, the National Portrait Gallery commissioned her to make a body of work celebrating the producers of the 2012 Olympics. ‘The Road to 2012’ included 17 portraits which were exhibited in the gallery during the Games from July-September 2012.

About FXB International 

FXB International was founded in 1989 by Albina du Boisrouvray, in honour of her son, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud, who died tragically aged 24 in a helicopter accident during a rescue mission in Mali. Following his death, his mother decided to honour and to perpetuate the values of generosity and compassion that guided her son’s life by also seeking to rescue people – some of the poorest on the earth.

Together with FXB International she has developed since 1991 the FXBVillage programme which marked a step-change in the way aid was administered, to help deliver sustainable and self-sufficient impact for people and communities. The FXBVillage programme is a fully integrated approach, designed to simultaneously address the five drivers of extreme poverty – the lack of healthcare, housing, education, nutrition and business.  The key innovation to this integrated approach was helping individuals set up businesses, thanks to an initial capital given – and not borrowed – to the participants at the beginning of the programme, allowing them to take responsibility for their own future income, which would enable long-term prosperity and help them combat the other four drivers of poverty once FXB support had been withdrawn.

FXB International has developed more than 150 FXBVillages across eight countries, including Burundi, China, Colombia, DRC, India, Rwanda, Thailand and Uganda.

In the last 25 years, through numerous projects including the FXBVillages, sustainable community development, infrastructure rehabilitation, education, prevention, awareness and access to water and sanitation programmes, 17 million adults and children across 20 countries have benefited from the presence of the organisation in their communities.

Press for Framing Hope:

The Independent 

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