Since 1999, Colby Faculty Fellow in Photography Eric Gottesman has collaborated with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In reimagining the harsh realities the children experienced on the streets and in their homes in the wake of their parents’ deaths – including the trauma of grief, physical abuse and AIDS-related stigma – the young collective and Gottesman probed the possibilities of image making as a tool for self-expression, healing and teaching others. Together they produced photographs, exhibitions, short films, and installations in Africa, the United States, and Europe. In Sudden Flowers, the work of the entire project comes together for the first time in a book published by Fishbar.

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