'CLASS' by London-based photographer Ben Katzler is a series of candid images taken during one day at the Bigando School in Masindi, north western Uganda where he spent time working with the NGO, Redearth Education to document their work in primary schools.
The photos included in this exhibition capture how these children spend their days at school, their moods, their routines and how they interact with one another in and out of the classroom.
In his own words; “Having lived my whole life in the UK where we constantly hear about the shortcomings of state run education, it was remarkable to see how eager the kids were and the fulfilment they showed by being in a learning environment, even though funding may not even cover the barest of essentials like books and pencils. There was a collective desire and determination to learn. They clearly understood the difference that an education will make in their lives; an understanding which, sadly, most of their parents never had the opportunity to realise and one which so many kids here in the UK still have a hard time grasping.”
A&D Gallery is an independent and innovative gallery on Chiltern Street in Marylebone. In its eighteen years, the gallery has offered works by major international artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tracey Emin, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons and the photographer Man Ray.
"We are thrilled and excited to host Ben Katzler's emotive debut show, 'CLASS' and are delighted to lend our support to the invaluable work being undertaken by Redearth Education."
- Helen Clarkson, Owner, A&D Gallery.
Ben Katzler, a London based street photographer, captures the everyday moments with sensitivity, honesty and candidness. He finds beauty in the ordinary and reveals the extraordinary in moments that might otherwise pass us by. His work celebrates realities and diversities in everyday human life.
This is Ben’s first exhibition.
Ben Katzler on Instagram: @shootmyheadplease
Redearth Education was set up to train primary school teachers in Uganda and the wider continent in active techniques and methodologies otherwise unknown in the region.
In the 132 schools where their programmes are currently implemented, literacy levels have risen from as low as 0% up to 80%. The drop-out rate of school children before they reach high school (nationally as high as 80%) has seen significant reductions in the schools supported by Redearth and this has been attributed largely to the new levels of and engagement shown by both the students and teachers.