Art exhibition

In the rings with Ali

A celebration of the Greatest Olympian during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the rings with Ali

Guests of Forman's Fish Island during
the Olympic and Paralympic Games period
will have exclusive access to an exhibition of photographs, memorabilia, audio and video installations, text and poetry celebrating Muhammad Ali's life achievements during his 70th year. The show is the brainchild
of Dutch photographer Christina Jansen, who photographed Ali in the 1980's and who will share her experiences of 'The Greatest'.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Muhammad Ali

Curated by Sandra Higgins, the exhibition will feature photographic works by Christina Jansen and other major photographers including Michael Gaffney, Sonia Katchian and Neil Kenlock. Muhammad Ali's brother Rahaman Ali has contributed paintings to the exhibition and will be attending the preview evening in July. There will be a display of memorabilia relating to Ali's boxing career and in particular his success at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. And finally, screenings of audio-visual footage of legendary boxing achievements as well as recent interviews with Ali.

In addition to the exhibition, an open visual art and poetry competition and community out-reach program will be launched to bring the exhibition to a large audience in the East End and beyond. A portion from the proceeds will be given to designated charities.

Christina Jansen with Ali in 1986

“Champions aren't made
in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them:
a desire, a dream, a vision.”
Muhammad Ali