KITIHAWA'S CHANDELIER By Nicolas Henry
All cultures are different, but humanity is a single community, sharing values, a past and future. All people are different, and this is a strength for all societies, for creativity and innovation. There are seven billion ways of ‘being human,’ but we stand together as members of the same family, all different, all equally seeking respect for rights and dignity.
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization
UNESCO’s message is a driving force behind Nicolas Henry's signature visual language and approach to storytelling. Combining community engagement with photography, theatre technique, cinematic lighting and handmade prop and set design, Henry creates photographic tales that blur the lines between fiction and reality.
Kitihawa's Chandelier is a photographic tale that presents 53 images and texts created with communities in the Americas, France and Africa. The story honors the beauty, strength and courage of men, women and children in the face of adversity and references major historical events, some with long-term impacts that continue to be felt today. Henry’s narrative, thoughtfully crafted and researched, is significant. Through magical imagery and informative texts that value history and cultural diversity, Henry aims to instill compassion among viewers and provide a means to inspire change.
Kitihawa's Chandelier provided a creative platform for participating individuals to exchange thoughts, address challenges facing their communities, and express their hopes and ideas for the future.
This project was made possible with the generous support and participation of organizations in America, France, Brazil and Africa including:
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy