Monday, 18 Oct
Jim Mortram’s Small Town Inertia is a body of work which aims to reveal the impact of austerity – the economically illiterate policy introduced by the former British Conservative Chancellor George Osborne in 2010 to tackle the crash from the financial crisis in 2008, or at least that’s how it was sold to the public – as inevitable. Mortram’s photographs are poignantly raw and unstaged; they make one think how decisions made in Westminster are largely driven by figures and data, but they have very real consequences for living human beings.
Jim Mortram donates his fee to The Trussell Trust.
Wednesday, 20 Oct
In a similarly political vein, Aaron Chown shows us the migrant camp in Calais, France, also known as The Jungle. It is the fifth anniversary of the destruction of the camp and this reminder feels more timely than ever. Chown argues that migrants aren’t people attempting to rinse the UK benefit system, which is far from the most generous one in Europe anyway – these are men, women and children fleeing deadly serious problems who did not choose to be in this situation.
Friday, 22 Oct
Our third story this week is by our writer Zak Dimitrov who documented the portraits used for obituaries in his home country Bulgaria. These are small A4 sheets of paper announcing a person’s death and are on show everywhere. Dimitrov was fascinated by the blurred boundaries between private grief and public display and the way the heavily damaged and distorted portraits have inadvertently become metaphors for the passage of time.
We hope you enjoy this week’s stories and, as ever, thank you very much for supporting what we are trying to build from scratch with Mnngful.
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Until next week! Max and Zak