I decided to use this blog post to share with you some of my favourite – and most of them unpublished – pictures and pieces of work I produced this year.
Cambodia, a look at change
The year started tragically, with the Cambodian government’s crack down on garment factory workers protesting for a better wage. On Friday 3 January military police fired at the protesters on Veng Sreng Street, in the south of Phnom Penh, killing at least 5 people and injuring more than 20.
In March, together with Ruom journalist Marta Kasztelan, I started an investigation on the LGBT community in Cambodia, with a special attention to transgenders. We’re still working on the project and we hope to be able to publish some of the material in the first months of 2015. Those below are some of the protagonists of our story.
Also with Marta, I started a project about Nigerian football players in the Cambodian league.
At the end of April I flew to Jakarta and started to work on our fourth Ruom collective project together with Nicolas Axelrod and Micheal Malay.
Dreaming Singapore’ investigates the movement of migrants from Indonesia to Singapore, one of the busiest migratory pathways in Southeast Asia.
It follows three different women at various stages of their journey: from training centres in Indonesia, to daily life in Singapore, and finally the return home.
This multimedia project is enriched with in-depth interviews, video reportage, and photographs taken over a five month period. It weaves the experience of migrant workers with the people they meet during their journeys: social workers, employers, recruiting agencies, and government officials.
In June I was able to spend one month in Iran. There I met extraordinary people and I visited some incredible places, a really memorable experience.
During the trip I documented the growing consumerism culture in the country and the photo essay I produced has been published on Al Jazeera, Mashable and recently on CNN Photos.
Those are a very small selection of some of the travel pictures I took during my stay.
In September I spent a couple of weeks in the north of Vietnam, visiting one of the most remote and mountainous region of the country: Ha Giang.
I didn’t have the opportunity to publish this pictures (I’ll do it in the next weeks), yet, so here’s a brief preview.
I then flew to Kathmandu for a week assignment for USAID (I hope to publish some of the material I produced soon).
In my brief stay to Nepal I wasn’t able to visit much, but I was really amazed by the few things I saw.
The Cambodian elections campaign hasn’t officially started yet, but hundreds of people gathered this morning in the Freedom Park of Phnom Penh, for a political rally organized by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), to put pressure on the National Election Commitee to review the voter lists and accept the recommendations of the United Nations to ensure regular and fair elections.
CAMBODIA – Phnom Penh. 7/11/2012. Land and housing rights activists Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha, from the Borei Keila and Boeung Kak Lake communities respectively, have been denied bail this morning at the Appeals Court. Close to 100 sympathizers -mostly women from the forcibly evicted areas- have gathered outside the tribunal to demand their release. Demonstrators have been obstructed from accessing the road to the Court by the police.
Tim Sakmony has been denied bail because she has no proper housing and for disrupting public order, while Yorm Bopha has been refused bail too because she has no medical certificate to prove she has a health problem. Both are imprisoned since early September.
In the road that leads to the Appealing Court, demonstrators have displayed the symbols of their movement, the lotus flower and the Khmer scarf (khroma). There have been minor confrontments with the police that blocked the access. Protests have continued in the afternoon in front of the Embassy of the United States.
Yorm Bopha was arrested for allegedly assaulting a motodop driver who was suspected of stealing. Tim Sakmony was detained on 5 September 2012 after the owner of Borei Keila developer Phanimex filed a complaint claiming that she had made a “false declaration” in a compensation request for her disabled son.
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As a member of Shoot4Change I’m glad to know that I’ll exhibit my work “Burned” in Reggio Emilia (Italy) from May 9 to June 24.
After the success achieved in Rome in the prestigious Palazzo Valentini, the itinerant exhibition 100 click 4 Change, curated by pianoBI, will soon move to Reggio Emilia in time for the European Photo Festival held from May 9 to June 24 of this year.
Once again at the center of the attention will be the 100 most remarkable photos of Shoot4Change, the international network of voluntary photographers founded by Antonio Amendola to raise public awareness on social issues, by bringing back to light facts and stories – horrible or marvelous – that happen in the forgotten places of the world.
After Rome and Reggio Emilia, next stops of the Shoot4Change exhibitions will be New York and Rome again.
I hope to see you there on May 9th at 19.00 for the inauguration!!!
Here the address:
Chiostri della Ghiara – Reggio Emilia Via Guasco 6 From 10/05/2012 to 24/06/2012
From monday to sunday: 10.00 – 24.00 – free entry.
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La ong Paz y Desarrollo me comunica que el jueves 29 de marzo (hasta el día 19 de abril) ha arrancado la exposición fotográfica‘Camboya: 5 vidas hacia la equidad’ en El Centro Cultural La Caja Blanca en Malaga.
Después de Malaga, la exposición abrirá sus puertas en:
Centro Europeo de mujeres Mariana Pineda (Granada): del 11/04 al 25/04
El sitio de mi recreo (Vallecas, Madrid): del 03/05 al 31/05
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