One year after Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, award-winning artist Tim Benson presents Faces of Ebola

Artist Tim Benson travelled to Freetown to interview and photograph Ebola doctors, nurses, and burial workers. His portraits capture the incredible dignity and resilience of the survivors and tell a powerful story of the fortitude and heroism of the people who lived with the virus

Friday 04 November 2016 16:03
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'James, grave digger, King Tom Cemetery', oil on board
'James, grave digger, King Tom Cemetery', oil on board

London based artist Tim Benson, 38, will highlight the continued suffering of people impacted by Ebola with his new ‘Faces of Ebola’ exhibition launching in London tomorrowr – one year on from the huge Ebola outbreak. Towards the end of the Ebola epidemic, Tim braved a trip to Sierra Leone. He interviewed and photographed Ebola survivors, nurses, doctors, paramedics and burial workers. Inspired by his experience, Tim completed 40 powerful portraits, each telling the story of people impacted by Ebola. Tim says: ‘I wanted to find a new way to connect people in the UK with the horrors of what was happening in Sierra Leone, and capture the incredible dignity and resilience of Ebola survivors and the people who treated them.'' Speaking about the exhibition, Tom Dannatt, cheif executive of charity Street Child, said: “Tim’s portraits capture the tragedy, extraordinary fortitude and heroism that we witnessed during the Ebola epidemic.”

Tim Benson’s Faces of Ebola exhibition will run from the 7-13 November at the Mall Galleries, Threadneedle Space, London.

Sister Cecilia, accident & emergency department, Connaught Hospital
 Mohammed, laboratory technician, Macauley Street Clinic
Abdulai, security officer, Isolation Unit, Connaught Hospital

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