Photo exhibition by Hussain Aga Khan
27 de September de 2019 to 29 de December de 2019
Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência
“In my photographs, I let the animals and trees speak for themselves and hope other people see the beauty I see.”
Hussain Aga Khan
The exhibition The Living Sea uses the extraordinary photographs of Hussain Aga Khan as a point of departure to raise social awareness towards the sublime beauty, complexity and fragility of life in the oceans. The exhibition is complemented with multiple educational and scientific activities aimed at diverse audiences to stimulate broad conversations about scientific, environmental, and social issues of contemporary global impact, such as the role of the oceans sustaining life on Earth, the climate crisis, nature conservation and species extinction, among others.
Special activities for families and school groups.
Organisation: MUHNAC and Focused on Nature (FON)
Photographer: Hussain Aga Khan
Curators: Xenia Geroulanos, Philippe Mendes, Jorge Prudêncio, Marta Costa
Educational and Cultural Programme: António José Monteiro, Raquel Barata
About Hussain Aga Khan
Hussain Aga Khan was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his secondary education at Deerfield Academy, Massachusetts, and graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts, with a dual degree in Theatre and French literature. He earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Hussain has been an avid tropical fish hobbyist since the age of 5 and a reptile and amphibian enthusiast since he was about 14. At 14, he started SCUBA diving, which further developed his keen interest in nature conservation. He started travelling to the tropics frequently after secondary school and began taking photographs of fauna and flora on a trip to the Brazilian Amazon in 1996. Since then, his photographs have been featured in multiple exhibitions in the USA, France, Switzerland, and Kenya. They have also been published in two books, Animal Voyage in 2004 (a new edition was printed in 2007) and Diving into Wildlife in 2015. Some of Hussain's recent photographs have appeared in National Geographic blogs.
Through the Aga Khan Development Network and the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment, Hussain Aga Khan has been involved with disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, various environmental projects, including tree planting in East Africa and biodiversity preservation in Asia, and some research on climate change and water.
Hussain Aga Khan created Focused on Nature in 2014 to “share his passion and personal mission of conservation, raise awareness and encourage actionable initiatives on global issues negatively impacting the environment”.
Learn more about Hussain Aga Khan and Focused on Nature