We are now in a room of works made 1-10 years after the conflicts to which the photographs relate. We are by a work by an American photographer, Jim Goldberg, called Open See which is about refugees fleeing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Goldberg makes these really complex layered installations of different kinds of images, so you have photographs of the refugee who is called Mr Monozande, he’s the main subject of the work and what Goldberg does is he’ll take a photograph of the subject and then he’ll ask that person to tell their own story in their own words, and write it on the image and then it’s translated into English. So you actually have a first person account of from the point of view of the subject of the photograph and it’s very important for Goldberg that the subject of his photographs are given their own voice.
And then from that he extrapolates many different stories about people fleeing conflict, about refugees, and in the installation he’s made here you not only have the story of Mr Monozande but you have photographs of other people from the same camp. This is a very complex, very sophisticated way of thinking about the effects of conflict on one individual but also drawing it out to be more general so it’s also about how that one single story applied to many, many other people at the same time.