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Tienen nombre Senor – They have a name Mister

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION featuring a collection of photographs depicting the severe, yet hopeful, realities of life for the children of Cusca, Peru, Tienen nombre Senor – They have a name Mister, will be on display at Westbourne Studios from October 22 to October 28, 2008.

Many of us take time out to partake in different cultures and seek to experience lives quite unlike our own, often with a significant impact on the views of our own culture and our life. However, few of us react to that impact by building a boarding school for Peruvian girls.

In 2007, 19 year old Freddie Branson spent seven months in Peru, more specifically in Cusco, a community with no running water or sanitation, where the young girls walked for six hours daily (in shoes made from recycled tyres) to the nearest school.

Branson’s ‘gap year’ experience not only broadened his own life’s horizons but lead him to start his own charity, Amantani UK, which is dedicated to promoting the right to education for the children of the remote communities of Peru. And he established a project solely dedicated to building boarding houses for the children and enhancing their chances of a positive start in life.

During his time away, Branson captured the harsh reality, yet optimistic beauty, of the lives of the children of Peru. He will exhibit these astonishing pictures during October and all proceeds will further fund this inspiring charity and its future projects.

Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, W10 5JJ