Spirit Of The Maasai Exhibition – Jarrad Seng
SPIRIT OF THE MAASAI
Perth Pro Lab presents Spirit of the Maasai by Jarrad Seng.
NEW SOLO EXHIBITION BY JARRAD SENG CAPTURES THE BEAUTY OF MAASAI CHILDREN IN TANZANIA
Perth-based photographer Jarrad Seng returns home in September to open his third solo exhibition, Spirit of the Maasai, at The Hive in Northbridge. The series features stunning portraits of children living in Maasai villages in remote Tanzania.
Engrossed by the beauty of Tanzania’s sub-Saharan landscapes and the stoicism of the Maasai people from a previous trip in 2011, Seng travelled back to the Great Rift Valley to further engage with their culture and document their stories through photographs. Now with years of experience behind him, Seng approached the portraits with newfound focus and confidence, choosing to centre the collection around the Maasai children.
“I found myself drawn to the younger generation of Maasai and have attempted to convey the many facets of their personalities in these photographs – their curiosity, innocence, independence and pride,” says Seng. “Despite not speaking a common language, I felt a special connection to each of the children that went beyond the lens.”
While there, Seng set out with his Maasai guide Lawrence Mafuru in an ambitious mission to reconnect with the same people he photographed three years earlier. Against the odds they were able to track down each person and present them with canvas prints of their earlier selves.
“Jarrad was interested in the beauty of Tanzanian culture and community – not just the landscapes and wildlife like most tourists and photographers,” says Mafuru. “I was so happy when Jarrad brought a woman a picture he had taken of her years ago on a previous trip. She had the biggest smile to get that gift, it really showed me Jarrad’s connection to his subjects and to my home.”
All proceeds from print sales will go towards Ujamaa Children’s Home Orphanage and Boma Africa – humanitarian organisations in Arusha committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through education and access to clean water. Seng has previously been involved in community projects such as Home Is Where My Heart Is, The Oaktree Foundation and volunteering projects in Nepal.
After spending most of 2014 working overseas and interstate on music videos for UK’s Passenger, exhibiting in Sydney and driving through the heart of WA from Perth to Darwin on the Shitbox Rally, Seng is excited to be back in Perth for the exhibition.
“These portraits are very special to me. I’m very excited to give my friends in Perth a glimpse into a world vastly different than ours, and hope to inspire others to travel and experience the world in a socially conscience way.”
Opening night: Venue: Exhibition dates: Opening hours:
Tuesday September 2nd, 7pm – 9pm
The Hive, 192 William Street, Northbridge. September 3rd to September 21st
11am – 5pm daily
SPIRIT OF THE MAASAI is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA and is proudly supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts, Perth Theatre Trust and State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Jarrad is an Australian-based photographer, filmmaker and creative director with a special love for music, travel and the arts. He has gained international recognition in recent years for his work with high profile artists such as Passenger, Matchbox 20 and Ed Sheeran.
Throughout the past few years, Jarrad has established himself as one of Perth’s most prolific and diverse creatives. In 2014 alone he has created music videos for artists including UK’s Passenger, toured the European countryside with Stu Larsen, photographed Miss Universe WA contestants in Bali, documented the epic Shitbox Rally road trip from Perth to Darwin, walked the streets of Perth for 24 hours straight capturing portraits of strangers for Perth Fashion Festival, and founded The Hidden Sound mystery concert series.
His work has been viewed by tens of millions worldwide and has featured on MTV, BBC1, Buzzfeed, Rolling Stone and numerous other publications. Jarrad has won various awards and his images have been showcased in exhibitions at home and abroad. In 2013 Jarrad was selected as a finalist for WA Young Person of the Year.
The exhibition is printed on Ilford Gallerie Prestige Fine Art Smooth.
Thank you to Ryan Ammon for the launch night photos.