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Retracing Heinrich Barth via an interactive website:

At the:

    Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD)
    University of Brighton
    Grand Parade
    Brighton BN2 2JY

From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday 22 February 2007

Artist and lecturer in photography at the university, Julia Winckler has created an interactive website on nineteenth century explorer Heinrich Barth.

Last summer Julia Winckler retraced a dramatic African journey undertaken by Barth and recorded anecdotal accounts about his expedition on film and video.

Barth travelled through North and Central Africa in the 1850s for nearly six years. He was an exceptional explorer and possibly the first European to recognise the significance of Africa’s long-standing history and the continent’s rich and diverse cultures.

Barth spoke Arabic as well as several African languages and was genuinely interested in the people he met throughout his journey. He was vehemently opposed to the slave trade he witnessed and was interested in the religion of Islam. 

Stories and anecdotes are central to this project, which does not seek to present Barth’s voice as authoritative, but rather puts forward a range of contemporary and historical views, including Barth’s, those of local communities and the artist’s own voice. 

The project entitled Retracing Heinrich Barth is a collaboration with Sam Butler (Senior Designer at Web Technology Group) and Mia Thornton (Chiron/Marie Curie Research Fellow) and also received funding from the university’s EPOCH initiative.

A photographic exhibition will run from 22 February to 9 March in the Gallery Foyer and the CETLD space.

For further information please contact:

    Rebecca Haroutunian
    University of Brighton Press Office
    01273 643022

Retracing Heinrich Barth