Adiga: Circassians in Israel -11th to 17th of December
Adiga: Circassians in Israel New photography by James Arthur Allen, winner of the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award
The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award is a new bursary for photographers in the UK. Every year the award provides up-and-coming talent with funds, resources and support to complete a new photography project around a human story we seldom see.
This exhibition presents new work resulting from the first award. James Arthur Allen used our grant to travel to Israel to spend time with the little-known ethnic Circassian population. Displaced from the Caucasus region in the 19th century following systematic attacks by Russia, the Circassians are the first stateless people in modern history.
The diaspora spread through Europe; one group settled in what is now Israel. Today a population of 3,000 Circassians resides in a village near the Sea of Galilee. The Circassians are integrated into Israeli society – among the only Muslims in the Israel Defense Forces – but equally shun marriage outside their society, fiercely retaining their traditions, dress, language and identity.
The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, the British photographer and photojournalist who died on assignment in Uganda 2015.
11th to 17th of December