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22 October - 13 November
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An Uncertain World / Healing Massai Lands

Two people look into deep crack in the earth

What’s on offer?

A photography exhibition - An Uncertain World // Healing Maasai Land – O N C A

What’s it about?

A photography exhibition drawing on the work of two distinct but related research projects:


The world is full of uncertainties. Financial markets, the climate, new technologies, the spread of a pandemic – it’s difficult to keep up with the unfolding reality. An Uncertain World is a photography exhibition exploring how pastoralists experience and respond to uncertainty. Pastoralism – extensive, often mobile livestock production in rangelands – offers vital lessons for navigating highly variable environments. Too often dismissed as destructive, backward and in need of ‘modernisation’, pastoralists can show the way in embracing uncertainty to meet the challenges of a turbulent world.


Land degradation presents a critical threat to livelihoods of Maasai people in Tanzania. The exhibition documents the soil erosion problem in Maasai land, its impact on local communities, their approaches to addressing the soil erosion challenge, and social science work towards co-developing solutions. The images were produced by the photographer Vlad Zhischenko (@estranic) during a British Academy-funded project led by Dr. Anna Rabinovich (University of Sussex) that explored group psychology of cooperation around shared pastures management in Maasai areas.

Who’s leading the event?

Roopa Gogineni, Nathan Oxley, Institute of Development Studies; Dr Anna Rabinovich, School of Psychology, University of Sussex.

Open to

Everyone is welcome

Of particular interest to

The exhibition will be of particular interest to those concerned by the environment and interested in cooperation around shared environmental resources. Also specialists such as those involved in initiatives about food systems, sustainable land use and livestock keepers and farmers in Sussex.

Event Booking details

This exhibiton is at ONCA, Brighton - Visiting the Gallery – O N C A

Scheduling information

Please check ONCA's opening times on their website: Visiting the Gallery – O N C A