Invisible Children, started out as a documentary created in 2003, by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole. The filmmakers had travelled to Africa with the intention of documenting the genocide that was occurring in Darfur. However, they ended up stumbling upon a little-known war that had originated in northern Uganda in 1987, causing the film to take a different direction.
Invisible Children tells the story of children being abducted and turned into child soldiers by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Out of fear of being abducted, the children of Uganda walk miles every night to places of refuge in order to avoid the LRA. The documentary, gave a voice to these invisible children, and sparked a grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of American teens into action to raise money to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda and provide scholarships to African youth.
In 2005, a non-profit organization, Invisible Children Inc, was created, giving individuals a way to respond to the situation in Uganda.
I first heard about Invisible Children in 2006, while studying Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives at Wilfrid Laurier University. I was deeply moved by the stories portrayed in the documentary, and ever since have been a supporter of Invisible Children and attended a number of their events.
Their latest campaign is KONY 2012. The aim – “to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”
So please take 30mins to watch this film, share with friends, and get involved.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ryan McGinley, he is an American photographer living in New York City. He first started taking pictures in 1998, and by 2003, at the age of 25, he was one of the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was also named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine, and in 2007 McGinley was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography.
His latest work is for EDUN, a fashion house created by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono as a for-profit fashion brand with a mission to encourage trade with Africa and raise awareness of the possibilities there. For his shoot, McGinley used six species of butterflies, allowing their flight paths to determine where his camera would go. He told NOWNESS: “I was interested in how the body could reveal the butterfly, how it could fly out of the models’ mouths, hands or pants in its unfurling glory.”
To see more of Ryan’s work be sure to visit his website at RyanMcginley.com.
At the end of last year one of London’s best new coffee shops opened its doors. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, you will find Protein by Dunne Frankowski. Occupying the front half of 18 Hewett Street, the sparse modular coffee bar is manned by London coffee aficionados Rob Dunne and Vic Frankowski, previously featured on EPIW here.
Their ethos is simple – quality over quantity. It is all about coffee served right, served simply, and impeccably well. They offer a rotating selection of the best beans, and run weekly cupping classes with hard to get beans from around the world. The space also features a live data installation that displays daily and weekly coffee consumption trends.
So basically if your in London, and are any kind of self-respecting coffee drinker, make sure to check out Protein by Dunne Frankowski.