Kate Lambe: This is Denan

  February 2007

Photograph from the exhibition “This is Denan” by Kate Lambe held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2007.

When faced with news of famine and deprivation, many people think about “doing something” to help. But Kate and Fiona Lambe, two young Irish women, put such thoughts into action. In June last year they traveled to Denan, an isolated village in southern Ethiopia where The Denan Project is one of the few humanitarian agencies assisting the people of the region. Their intention was to take photographs of the people and the village, which could be used to raise awareness and funds for The Denan Project back in Ireland.

Due to repeated drought, Denan has been on the brink of famine for the last decade and this is set to continue. Due to political tension in the region, the people of Denan receive very little outside assistance. Water and food aid deliveries have been cut back, and the Red Cross has recently pulled their staff out of the area after one of their international aid workers was kidnapped. This has placed increased pressure on the people of Denan who feel more cut off from the rest of the world than ever. They feel like nobody knows they exist.

The aim of this exhibition is to illustrate the hardships in Denan, but also to show the resonant dignity of the people there, and the pride that they take in themselves and their village. Both aims are equally important. Kate and Fiona want you to leave the exhibition knowing where Denan is, the problems faced by the people there, and how you can help.

About the photographer: Born in Dublin in 1981, Kate Lambe is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute for Art Design & Technology. This is her first solo exhibition.

Photograph from the exhibition "This is Denan" by Kate Lambe held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2007.

Photograph from the exhibition “This is Denan” by Kate Lambe held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2007.