Sister of charity

Shortlist 2021

Christopher Iduma

Christopher Iduma is a self-taught visual artist exploring identity, womanhood, history, and socio-political issues. He's currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. Iduma's work is a protest against fleeting time and certain social constructs. Christopher is a Recipient of the John Herrin Memorial Scholarship as a part of the FotoFest Biennale in 2021. His work was also Best-in-Show winner of the 2020 Nursing In Focus Photo contest organized by the International Council of Nurses, NursingNow and Jhpiego, celebrating nurses and midwives worldwide. 

The Compromise

Sister of charity

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, these people devote their lives to caring for mothers and children, give lifesaving vaccines and health advice, and looking after older people. "Sister of Charity" is about Bridget Aluu, a 55-year-old nurse who early retired to have her private practice at home. Bridget is a sheer mix of patience and selflessness. With a tiny light of her own life, she provides care. On most days, she treats herself right after she treats her patients. One may ask - what it means to provide care? What are the values, sacrifices in doing so? Do one ever even stop being a nurse or providing care? This project captures her commitment to offering care to her community and the sacrifices made at home and for the community as she sometimes provides care for free.