Photographer: Margareta Kern
Jose Felisberto, is known also as Ze tubia, one of Angolan's foremost contemporary visual artists, working primarily in painting. Ze tubia himself a victim of landmine accident as a child, has been tirelessly working on raising the issues of arms trade and its impact on the global world.
I met Ze tubia in 2007, when I helped with organising his exhibition at the Croydon Clocktower gallery. At that time, Ze tubia was waiting to be re-united with his wife and children, whom he has not seen for a few years, whilst waiting for the Home Office decision on his asylum application. Our photo-session developed spontaneously, I wanted to show Ze tubia’s happiness, now with his family at the centre of his life, as well as one of Ze tubia’s paintings, which can be seen on the right hand side of the photograph.
Ze tubia, like myself, came to the UK as an asylum seeker, fleeing persecution, oppression and war. Even though it has never been easy for asylum seekers in Britain, currently it is even harder, as they are not allowed to work and are required to sign in at the police station where some are regularly taken with no prior warning into detention centres and then deported. This is the world in London, which still remains invisible.
Margareta Kern, photographer - www.margaretakern.com