Max Bastard, A Peasants Struggle
Sigidi Village, Pondoland, Eastern
Cape Province, South Africa, 2015
“We make our living from these sweet potatoes and other crops. They say we will have to move if the mine comes. How will we make a living then? This is all we know.” Mamdingi and Mqambose Dlamini.
Peasants Struggle has its core placed firmly in the AmaPondo people’s decades old struggle to maintain custodianship over their heritage and land, and to be free to choose their own destiny. This image forms part of an ongoing larger body of work which comprises a collection of natural portraits and observations of the AmaPondo people and their environment, unchanged from their day-to-day routines, except for the wearing of gas masks as an act of protest against their exploitation and potential loss of way of life. The use of gas masks is highly symbolic. In popular iconography it has come to represent both oppression and defiance.
Ivan Kovalev, Love notes on toothbrushes
“While both, me and my wife were prisoners of conscience in the 80s in the USSR, Tanya received just 2 letters in 5 years from me. Few words of love and support, scratched on toothbrushes and visible only by catching reflected light, smuggled unnoticed through countless searches by our jailers and went from one prison to another”.
During 70s and 80s Ivan Kovalev participated in human rights movement in Russia. Many dissidents were severely punished for exercising their rights and freedoms, especially freedom of speech. This way, Ivan Kovalev, his wife and his father became prisoners of conscience. In 1987, during “perestroika”, Ivan and his wife were released from internal exile before their terms and emigrated to USA.
Jenevieve Aken, The Masked Woman
Lagos, Nigeria, 2014
The Masked Woman is a self- portrait series that explores representation of gender in Nigerian society through a performative lens. It attempts to avert the overarching male gaze by facing it head on with the artist’s own actions and choices. The images portray the solitary lifestyle of the “super femme fatale” character. She chooses to achieve pleasure and contentment through self-fulfillment that is not dictated by the subservient role as a house wife or defined through a man’s affection. While depicting a confident and sexually free woman, the subject’s mask and body language also suggest a nuanced tone of isolation. The image mirrors her stigmatization in a society that has limiting and strictly defined roles of what a proper woman should be. By diverting the status-quo and exercising freedom of choice, such women in Nigeria are perceived as extreme, eccentric, and outside of the
Mario Badagliacca, Chessboard
Identification and Expulsion Centers (CIE) Bari Palese, Italy, 2014
Italy, and other European countries, are at the center of serious violations of human rights with the detention and forced deportation of thousands of migrants. The Identification and Expulsion Centers (CIEs) are deplorable examples of the contradictions of the Italian and European laws on migration. The existence of CIEs is extremely hard to explain. These are not regular prisons and detainees are not regular prisoners. In fact, foreign nationals are hosted within CIEs as “guests”. Yet, their stay in these poorly built structures corresponds to a de facto detention, as they are deprived of their freedom and subjected to a regime of abuse and coercion. The Centers very often resemble prisons, with prisons impenetrable distinctive features: from barbed wire fences, barking dogs to militarized personnel. The Centers are off limits to Italian civil society, journalists and families of detainees who are thus abandoned and in deep distress.
Yi-Jie Chen, Freedom of expression
Taiwan, Republic of China, 2014
The themes of this demonstration on Labor Day 2014 were opposition to low salaries and to the use of temporary workers. This shows that we are free to demonstrate against exploitation. These people, no matter young or old, are holding self-made signs to show their anger from the bottom of their heart.
Nicolas De Luigi, Lost on white sand – 1
North Africa, 2014
This is a picture from a series entitled “lost on white sand”, images of cloth, accessories and common rubbish taken back by the sea on African white beaches. In a naturalistic intact environment, described as paradisiac for the common sense of developed country, you can find all kind of waste. Sometimes the waste is easily attributable to heavy tourism exploitation, at other times it is typically and locally designed. Here, it is all brought to a new aesthetic dimension: the fine and white sand transforms it, ascribing to these pieces a new identity, a new landscape which is alien, array anthropomorphic. The themes of these images are: the sea as a wall dividing populations, the bid farewell to an old life to be born beyond the sea where dreams seem to be reachable, the free movement of people to find a better place to live, the price paid for the trip, the risk around the corner, the abandonment of their land and their possessions.
Jean-Jérôme Destouches, God Loves Gay
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012
This photo represents the basis of « Freedom ». It deals with faith freedom and sexual liberty. Both of the people shown in the photo fought for their rights to be who they are. Roberto Gonzalez is an Argentinian gay pastor who suffered from discrimination and was not allowed to work for evangelical church. The transgender faithful stands for the right to be part of the LGBT community and at the same time to believe in God. Despite centuries of discrimination by the Catholic Church many gays and transgenders have faith in God and want to be accepted. So far Vatican won’t consider it.
Khaled Hasan, Leave Me Alone
In January 2010, 23-year-old Nasrin’s husband attacked her with acid. He was not satisfied with the dowry her parents paid. After two years of marriage, he wanted more. Her mother, who sells rice cakes to earn a living, refused to pay more. Nasrin’s husband beat her up till she fainted, and when she was unconscious he threw acid on her face, neck and hands.
Michael Vince Kim, Sung-ok Tigay, 92
Ushtobe, Kazakhstan, 2014
Sung-ok is one of the many Koreans who were forcefully deported from the Russian Far East to Central Asia in 1937 during Stalin’s ethnic cleansing. At the time she was 13. Forced to grow rice in the Kazakh desert, she worked until her hands fractured. They lived in holes dug in the ground and were surrounded by Soviet troops to ensure they would not leave their designated area. They were denied the right to learn their own Soviet Korean dialect, which is now almost extinct, but she still remembers songs they used to sing while working in the field.
Mário Macilau, Enjoying
Maputo, Mozambique, 2014
A 15-year-old boy smokes marijuana with his friends. Children smoke as a way of enjoying life in their own spaces. In Mozambique, marijuana circulates widely among street children, who either sell it or smoke it with their friends. Mário Macilau’s photography artwork focuses on political, social and cultural issues, linked to the radical transformations of the humans in time and space. In his photography, he deals with the complex reality of human labor and the environmental conditions evolving over the times, using the images he captures as a form of visual confrontation that state a line of reflection to the reality.
Myriam Meloni, A dream called Europe
Tanger, Morocco, 2015
Sarah, a young sub-Saharan migrant tries on the lifejacket she will use in her attempt to cross the Mediterranean. Since the start of the year, more than 1,750 migrants perished in the Mediterranean, more than 30 times higher than during the same period of 2014. The tightening of European migration policies, the construction of higher and higher fences, and the inhumane treatment by the border police, makes their journey increasingly dangerous. Crossing by boat, has different prices, depending on the boat, and the presence of an engine. Most of the migrant women, would try to cross this way.
Adam Jacobi Møller, Afghan Girl in Athens
Athens, Greece, 2013
This girl fled Afghanistan to Greece. The borders of the EU are being fortified while refugees search for access to the promised continent via ever more dangerous routes. Although the girl was not free to enter Europe, she gained the freedom to demonstrate, to utter her opinion and thoughts through her gestures and speech. She exercised these freedoms and thereby tried to belong in an increasingly unapologetic and inhospitable Europe. She and millions like her have fled their country of origin. Exercising human rights in a new country is a step towards belonging and finding a new home.
Ramón Ruiz Sampaio, Ayotzinapa Protest
Mexico City, Mexico, 2015
The people demand from the government to explain what happened to the 43 students that went missing on September 26, 2014 from Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural teachers college of Ayotzinapa in Iguala Guerrero. On November 7th the government found ashes in a dumpster near Iguala. These, presumably, could have been remains of the missing students. This generated a massive protest in México City, due to the lack of real evidence and information. Mexican society has been silenced, hurt, alienated. The government, to date, has not explained what really happened in Iguala that night. Freedom in all its forms is being repressed in México, by the government, the organized crime or simply by the systematic corruption that infiltrates all levels of
the Mexican society.
Michele Salati, Illuminated
Hong Kong, 2014
“Illuminated” is a photographic series created in Hong Kong during the student protests last year. Students in Hong Kong were claiming their right to universal suffrage. Each illuminated face becomes a symbol of the desire to share the protest with the rest of the world.
Jumoke Sanwo, The Silence
N’Djamena, Chad, 2013
This photograph is part of a conceptual series inspired by the women of The Republic of Chad, a region in the West of Africa that went through a civil war in the period between 2005 and 2010. The series brings to the fore the dynamics of femininity in a male dominated “Freeworld”, the masculation of the female gender whilst highlighting taboo topics women are confronted with, especially in relation to the perceived freedom of women in the society. It brings special attention to women in conflict zones in Africa. Women and girls are often tortured, raped and forced to take up arms. Gender based violence in post conflict societies is highly tolerated resulting in impunity of perpetrators. Most of these women in order to move on with their lives often remain silent and have to pick up new identities to remain in their societies hiding the shame of these acts under veils of suppressed emotions. The subject in this series is a local Chadian visual artist Salma Alio. The series is performative and includes audio recordings, text and images.
This image is part of a reportage made in 2011 in the Balkans (BalkanAF self publish book). The portrayed girl is a Roma and lives in the Albanian/ Macedonian border zone, in a small slum house with her grandmother. She can’t go anywhere, she is trapped in a “freedom prison” – she can stay and walk inside the no-country zone only. She buys food from the border shop thanks to the money gifts from the tourists. The Albanian and Macedonian states don’t want her. She lost her freedom just because she was born in the no-man’s land.
Luigi Storto, Boschetari
Bucharest, Romania, 2011
“During the shooting I was thinking of Pasolini and how Bucharest kids are similar to his “Boys of life”: violence, glue sniffing, cold nights spent outdoors”. Luigi Storto Bucharest street children are also known as boschetari, an abusive term used to refer to homeless people living under bridges, in sewers or parks (boschete). Bathing in the Dâmbovița river is a small ritual at the beginning of summer, a way of hanging on to childhood for a little while yet, a sort of yell breaking the street rules.
A child forced to live as a refugee in Algeria since he was born. This photo was taken in 2010 in the “hammada Algerina”, a desert area where a part of the saharawis have been living in exile for 37 years. Due to high temperatures and growing draughts this is considered one of the most inhospitable areas
in the world. When in close contact with families forced to live in these conditions, it soon becomes apparent that their situation is hardly bearable and that solution cannot lie with humanitarian aid but in the long overdue recognition of the referendum of self- determination promised by the UN. The long wait is killing the identity and culture of a group that has more than two thousand years of history and lives only in the hope of one day being able to return to its land, freed of all oppression from the Moroccan government.
Patrick Tombola, Not free to be young Soyapango, El Salvador, 2015
A young marero or gangster with the 18th street gang looks out of his heavily overcrowded jail cell in the district of Soyapango. This image is part of a larger body of work that looks at the challenges young people face. It depicts both Salvadorian youth as it tries to cut spaces of normality for themselves amidst the rising tide of gang related violence, but also young gangsters themselves trapped in a life that will either lead them to be jailed or killed. El Salvador has recently become the most murderous nation in the world outside a war zone, with an average of 25-30 homicides per day, with the overwhelming majority of them being youths. The insecurity that results from such violence has rocked every section of society causing widespread distrust amongst its citizens along with a collective sense of fear and trauma.
Margherita Vitagliano, Untitled
This image speaks of psychological prisons; it depicts a prisoner of thought, of prejudice, of fear. We have bars in our heads. The photo bears witness to the courage of all those who try to be finally free, and many people are not free… They are behind bars.
Adam Jacobi Moller, Amir in Masshad carpet
Adebayo Okeowo, The glue of Africa
Arooma Gul, Sheepish
Adebayo Okeowo, The Glue of Africa Hillcrest, Pretoria South Africa 14 July 2014
According to the International Organization for Migration, South Africa hosts the second highest number of migrants in Africa. From the horn of Africa to its heart, and throughout its length and breath, South Africa draws Africa in. With this diversity should come the understanding of the role it can therefore play as the glue of Africa and as such, issues like xenophobic attacks against migrants should become a distant past!
Arooma Gul, Sheepish
labor camp in Al Quoz, Dubai 7 July 2014
Migrant workers in a labor camp receiving food for Iftar during Ramadan, a community action! Nearly 80% of Dubai population are migrant workers but the laborers’ lives are toughest… long hours of physical work under the burning sun while fasting, excluded residences and queuing for the food if community feels charitable. Is it as good as it gets!?
Adam Jacobi Moller, Amir in Masshad carpet bazar
Iran, 5 October 2013
Amir is from Bamiyan in Afghanistan. He fled in the 1980ies, when the Russians invaded his country. His journey brought him to Tehran. Alas, the Iran – Iraq war soon put his life at risk, and he decided to flee to Masshad in the east of Iran. He has lived there ever since, where he has applied his skills as a trained carpet weaver. A trade that is particularly important in Iran. It therefore gave Amir an opportunity to integrate locally. The bustling carpet bazar in Masshad is a melange of Afghans and Iranians, who are working as equals.
Seun Bakare, Violation of right to food
Rights violation in the midst of plenty resources.
Anand Deo, Respect for migrants
Milan, 18 September 2013
I saw and approached this fainted man near the cathedral of Milan. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to him, but I do remember he asked me no questions except for water. I witnessed one of the most callous human rights abuses where a man surrounded by police was not getting any medical help because of his color and migrant status. This indelible unkindness of human being left an impression in my mind that in the country of civilizations – migrants still does not enjoy a right to equality in totality.
Kim de Vos, Takeaway Lunch
Syrian boy | Reception Center Bulgaria Tech info Last year many Syrian refugees arrived suddenly at the Bulgarian borders. Schools no longer in use, without working showers, laundry rooms, kitchens are now being transformed into reception centers. The Red Cross provides migrants with necessities such as hygiene kits and involves community leaders and children in these centers in hygiene promotion activities.
Allain Dumon Fonte, Little Laughters
The photo was taken in one of the refugee communities in Northern Thailand (North of Chiang Mai
City). I felt very terrible after visiting them. The government of Thailand, under the Royal Patronage of Queen Sirikit, created a mini village to house the indigenous refugees from Myanmar. Their motion is limited within the mini village, and they were made into a tourist attraction. Tourists would pay 500 Thai Baht (US$ 20) to walk in to the village and take pictures of them and purchase their crafts. Some of them are stateless. The children who were born in Thailand are not granted with citizenship. Yet, they are happy and (with no other options) contented because they found a safer home in the mini village rather than staying in Myanmar where their lives will be at risk with the on-going hostilities. No one has written, or could write, an article about the issue on the mini village because Thailand has a state law that talking ill against the royal family is a crime. I am hoping that these indigenous people will be granted with all the rights and privileges as indigenous and as refugees in Thailand.
Lisa Pouille, Community action towards the abandonment of FGC and child marriage
Casamance, Senegal January 2013
This picture was taken during the Regional declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child marriage, Casamance, Senegal. While working on an education- based program in Senegal, we realized that it is also important to work in parallel with the diaspora present in Europe, to make sure that migrants are well aware about the social changes that happen in their communities nowadays.
This picture was captured in 2013 in one community school for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
Erin Koenig, Nuer Girl
Pagak Entry Point, Ethiopia South Sudan Border
30 April 2014
Migration becomes a necessary type of community action in the face of widespread and ethnic-based conflict. Over 155,000 South Sudanese, largely women and children, have fled South Sudan to Ethiopia following the break out of acute ethnic violence in South Sudan in December 2013. In the case of these refugees, as well as many other migrants around the world, community action and support offers a chance of survival.
Sally Hurt, Those who remain, those left behind
A woman sells sweet potatoes from the side of the road in central Harare, Zimbabwe. Her son works as a taxicab driver in Cape Town. Legally, the term ‘migrant workers’ refers to those who have left
their home country to find work elsewhere, but we seldom ask about those left behind. Many Zimbabweans cross into South Africa to find work; often leaving women, children and elderly persons behind. When it comes to migrants and community action, we should expand the scope and also focus on those who remain. Those who have had to find creative ways to survive and take
care of their families between remittance checks.
Carla Miranda, Contating – say hello to the stranger! Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 2013
Refugees, women and children involved in Human Rights in Rio de Janeiro. As a volunteer of Cáritas Arquidiocesana do Rio de Janeiro, a Brazilian NGO that provides assistance to refugees and refuge claimants, I had the pleasure and the opportunity to help in the organization of a soccer competition among refugees and NGO staff marking the involvement of men in a campaign against gender violence. The kickoff was given by a female refugee and took place in a public school, next to the Maracanã Stadium. Students from poor communities of Rio had their first contact with the cause and cheered for the teams as if they were in the World Cup!
Christopher Ben Nyabira, Never Despair
I took this photograph at the Department of Home Affairs, the Republic of South Africa in Pretoria on 11 July 2014. The photo shows the migrant workers from the Middle East and the Horn of Africa tying to get the work permit or renew. Most work permits in South Africa expire after just 6 months. This partly explains the reason there are very long queues everyday . There are also reports of corruption for quicker processing of the permits. Many people who cannot stand the stampede to get an entrance, let alone, getting the permit, suffer a lot very frequently. The women, particularly, are the victims. Some too give up in despair.
Bacha Muleta, Migrant workers
I took this picture with my Sumsung cell phone at Home Affairs (at Marabstad), in Pretoria, Republic
of South Africa on the 11 July 2014.