National Exhibition Register

  • Makalay
    Jo Dunlop Makalay, 2013
    C type photograph

About the exhibition

Jo Dunlop travelled to Freetown in 2011 to work on a maternal health project. While witnessing the devastating impacts of war, poverty and corruption, Dunlop was captivated by the unique fashion sense and strong personal style around her. "The streets are teeming with some of the most resourceful, brave and outrageous fashion decisions ever made. In a country so commonly associated with civil war and blood diamonds and most recently Ebola, I felt inspired to show a different side to Sierra Leone and reveal an unlikely fashion hotspot."

She began a fashion blog, FREETOWN FASHPACK which matched sensational street photography style with the gushy hyperbolic syntax used in fashion publications the world over. FREETOWN FASHPACK was an instant hit and Dunlop’s work has since been featured in The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald and a Dateline documentary on SBS. In 2015 ABC Arts commissioned a 6 part series to be screened on its digital catch up service iView which premiers in March 2016. Footage from this series accompanies this Bega Valley Regional Gallery tour of 15 larger than life photographic portraits from the FREETOWN FASHPACK archive.

Dunlop's photography is shot from the hip on the run but exudes sensitivity to her subject, the sitters reveling in their notoriety with pride in their own personal brand of style. The tour includes portraits of Sierra Leonean health workers who were stretched to capacity during the 2014/15 Ebola crisis. An uplifting and thoroughly relatable show, this exhibition brings audiences a taste of an unfamiliar culture using a global medium of communication, fashion and personal, individual expression.

Artists and Curator

Iain Dawson

Jo Dunlop

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
20/10/2016 - 31/12/2018
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Bega Valley Regional Gallery
$2,500 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Digital Catalogue, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Signage
Other materials
Video resources for exhibition or separate display.
Primary contact
Iain Dawson
Bega Valley Regional Gallery
02 6499 2202
A Bega Valley Regional Gallery touring exhibition with assistance from Arts NSW.