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Mohawks and musicians put in frame at city exhibitions

There is not much, you would think, would connect life on a Mohawk reservation outside Montreal and up-and-coming musicians playing venues in Edinburgh.

But the same photographer was behind the camera both times, resulting in two very different exhibitions opening in Scotland in the next few weeks.

Last winter, Jannica Honey went to Kahnawake, Canada, where she spent two days immersed in the 9000-strong community. Despite its proximity to Montreal, this Mohawk reservation exists as a separate entity with its own system of government. Honey shot images of chiefs, newspaper staff, coffee shop customers and many others who make up the exhibition that opens on Saturday at the People's Palace Museum, Glasgow Green.

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"After visiting Kahnawake, I came to realise that how we see ourselves, what we identify with, is essential for the community," the photographer says. "In many places minorities are rising, and demand not only independence but recognition. My series of photographs from the Mohawk reservation reveal a different world; meanwhile they give emphasis to how similar we are."

Overlapping with Honey's exhibition in Glasgow, and opening in VoxBox record shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, on April 2, is another show that puts people at the centre of the frame. This time, however, it is Scottish musicians who are the focus.

For the past two years, Honey has captured bands playing music industry network association Born To Be Wide's Edinburgh Nights, when 10 acts perform 10-minute sets. Among those who have graced the stage are buzz bands Honeyblood, Stanley Odd, Withered Hand and Roman Nose.

"It was the most natural thing to start working with these musicians, since most of them are my friends," says Honey.

The VoxBox show is part of Born To Be Wide's 10th anniversary celebrations.

Jannica Honey's photography is at People's Palace Museum, Glasgow, March 1-April 13 and VoxBox, Edinburgh, April 2-May 20.

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