Celebrating women's work: #TUTU exhibition of photographs by Sumaya Hisham

In recognition of the international women's month and to celebrate the work and contribution of women, St. George’s Cathedral showcased a must-see exhibition of photos chronicling the day to day life of a phenomenal man, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, dubbed #TUTU. The exhibition was photographed and put together by a woman, South African photojournalist Sumaya Hisham.

The one month exhibition which attracted a number of local and international journalists was officially opened by the honorary guest, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, on Tuesday 5 August 2014 at the Cathedral. The exhibition formed a part of the Cathedral's Women's month programme and it was applauded and commended by the community as a wonderful platform to showcase the work that women are doing in the country.

The body of work, which consists of images representing Tutu, a man at prayer, a man at work and a man at rest, saw a lot of people thronging the cathedral to catch a glimpse of Sumaya’s fascinating work of art.

This initiative to celebrate women's month in style through giving Sumaya a wonderful opportunity to exhibit her marvellous and attention-grabbing work at St George's Cathedral was made possible by the Dean of Cape Town, the Very Reverend Michael Weeder. The exhibition did not only give Sumaya publicity and exhibit her work but it also served for the greater good of the community as all the proceeds of the sales of this significant exhibition were donated to charities, which included the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation's container project (storage containers are converted into libraries and feeding centres for underprivileged children.)

Sumaya said that throughout her journey for this exhibition she was inspired by these words of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu " Do your little bit of good where you are;  it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." She also added that she chose him as her inspiration, firstly because of her immense admiration and respect for him and secondly because of his tireless efforts in campaigning against social injustice.  To sum it all up she used the words of the late Tata Nelson Mandela, “… sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu's voice will always be the voice of the voiceless," which she says best encapsulates the essence of Tutu.

Sumaya is an independent photojournalist born and based in Cape Town, who is internationally acclaimed. She works mainly for the wire agencies namely Reuters, EPA, AP and AFP. She has managed to break barriers and stereotypes that usually limit women, especially African women, and has made a name for herself in the field of international media, which is mostly male dominated. Her work has been published in many South African and international publications such as The Weekend Argus, Cape Times, Argus, Telegraph, the Guardian, The Sunday Times UK, and the Washington Post.

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