Kindred Guardians: New York photography exhibition shines a light on rhino conservation

A New York gallery is teaming up with photographer Justin Mott to raise awareness on the plight of the northern white rhinos, giving viewers an intimate insight into what it takes to keep them happy, healthy and safe from poachers.

Earlier this year we were honoured to host Justin Mott as he started his journey to create his long-term series ‘Kindred Guardians’, that aims to document people who devote their lives to animal welfare and conservation. His first instalment, No Man’s Land, is dedicated to the caretakers of the last two remaining northern white rhino females, Fatu and Najin, here on Ol Pejeta.

Mott is one of the best-known and respected photographers in Southeast Asia. He has collected awards such as the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography by the Parsons School of Design in New York, and had his work published in the PDN Annual Photography Awards Issue.

No Man’s Land is timely; the future of the northern white rhino now lies in the in the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, which have never before been attempted on rhinos. Together with Dvůr Králové Zoo and IZW Berlin, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is in a race against time to raise USD 9 million towards the “Make A Rhino” initiative, and Mott hopes to contribute to this cause with this exhibition.

The gallery, Anastasia Photo, curates exhibitions and public programming around issues of social and environmental importance, specializing in documentary photography and photojournalism and is located on 143 Ludlow Street in New York City. Mott’s, No Man’s Land exhibition opened on the 6th of June and will run until the 15th of September 2019.

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