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A new exhibition by Aida Silvestri to raise awareness of the widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Unsterile Clinic marks the 2nd anniversary of the Girl Summit, organised in 2014 by the UK government in collaboration with DIFID, UNICEF and the Home Office to mobilise domestic and international forces to end FGM globally within one generation.
‘Silvestri skillfully operates in the contested terrains where art and advocacy meet, photography and human rights converse, courageously and creatively addressing an urgent and critical condition affecting women and girls globally.’ - Renée Mussai, Curator
Born in 1978 in Eritrea, Aida Silvestri lives and works in London. She studied photography at the University of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea College. In 2013, she was voted one of the British Journal of Photography’s Best of Show Winners at the Free Range exhibition, London.
Silvestri’s practice explores new and unique approaches of documentary photography and addresses potent current issues of culture, ethnicity, identity, health and politics. Her work has been shown at The Photographers’ Gallery, Roman Road and Autograph.
The artist would like to thank: her sitters for sharing their overwhelming stories; special thanks to Deqa Dirie and Aissa Edon for education/discussion on the subject; and to Marisa Bellani, Eileen Perrier, Matthew Hahn, Louise Burn, Klara Berish and Mehri Madadi for their support, encouragement and feedback.
Unsterile Clinic will debut in Nottingham in the exhibition Krisis, curated by Something Human in partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Bonington Gallery, 27 October - 9 November 2016.
Banner images: 1) Aida Silvestri, TYPE II B: Distance. From Unsterile Clinic, 2016. 2) Aida Silvestri, TYPE II C. From Unsterile Clinic, 2015. 3,4) Unsterile Clinic gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell.