Seán Curtin: Grow

Irish charity Bóthar present an exhibition by photographer Seán Curtin
  November 2011

from the exhibition in association with Irish charity Bóthar entitled ‘GROW’. Photographer – Seán Curtin

Bóthar marks 20 years of work in Uganda with a photography exhibition in Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

Award winning photographer Seán Curtin captures celebrity chef Neven Maguire’s trip to Uganda to meet with families whose lives have been transformed thanks to the generosity of the people of Ireland.

The eradication of poverty among families in Uganda over the past 20 years carried out by Irish charity Bóthar will be brought to life in a once-off photographic exhibition “GROW” to be held in Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Templebar, Dublin on Tuesday 8th November.

The exhibition, will be launched on Tuesday 8th November and runs until Sunday 20th November. It comprises 18 images captured by award winning photographer Seán Curtin while in Uganda with celebrity chef and Bóthar patron Neven Maguire earlier this year.

Neven and Seán travelled to Uganda in April 2011 to meet with families whose lives have been transformed beyond all recognition thanks to the lifesaving work of Bóthar.

“The trip to Uganda with Neven Maguire was more than just a visit.  It was a journey which opened my eyes and which I hope, through the photographs I took, will also open the eyes of others as to the real need in Uganda which Bóthar is permanently eradicating family by family,” Seán Curtin.

“I was honoured to be brought into the lives of some of the world’s poorest families and to see the determination and strength of character required simply to survive.  The most striking thing though, was that the families I met didn’t want hand outs.  They just wanted to be given the means to work so that they could earn the money to get themselves out of poverty, be able to feed their children and access healthcare and education.

“These photographs afford us a glimpse of those whose lives have been transformed and document the smiles made possible thanks to the generosity of the people of Ireland.”

Uganda was the first country which Bóthar worked in when it was established 20 years ago and, to date, they have helped almost 10,000 families to create a better future for themselves, their neighbours and their communities.  The charity also airlifts 16 different species of livestock to 35 other countries in the developing world.

The living gift of a farm animal gives a struggling family the opportunity to improve their circumstances and, by working with their animal over time, to raise themselves up to a position of relative comfort.  This not only assists needy families to overcome, hunger, malnutrition and poverty in a simple and sustainable manner, but it also gives them the ability to help their neighbours as each family also agrees to pass on the first female offspring to another family in need.

Five images from the exhibition have been selected and will be available in two sizes, mounted and framed, from the ‘GROW Gallery’  within the online  ‘Bóthar Shop’ at www.bothar.ie.

About the photographer: Award winning photographer Seán Curtin has worked with Limerick based photo agency Press 22 for more than fifteen years where he captures events for the agency nationally. His work has taken him across Europe and Africa and his pictures can be seen in the national and regional media on a daily basis. A graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Seán has received numerous photographic awards from the Press Photographers Association of Ireland.