Changing Focus: Rwanda’s Jacques Nkinzingabo

Recovering from something as horrific as the 1994 Rwandan Genocide is a long and arduous process, but a young photographer from Kigali named Jacques Nkinzingabo – whose father was killed during the genocide, just a week after his birth – is using his camera to try change focus.

In a recent interview with CNN, Nkinzingabo spoke about the purpose of his photography which he uses to document Rwandan lives:

“When I started to document my country I was very tired of people come and just talk about the genocide. All people know about my country is the genocide. I want to show the beauty of people, I want to show the happiness of people.”

“I always tell people, if you want to see the life of people in the country, just go out on the streets. I always want to hear something from people, and get their experience.”

Nkinzingabo exhibiting his works through the Kwanda Art Foundation, which was established in 2015 to promote Rwanda’s art community through exhibitions, festivals and workshops.

Cover photo by Juan Herrero. 

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