Interview on FotoEvidence

My interview on FotoEvidence about documenting violence against women in Papua New Guinea:

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Boroma village, Mozambique

Students of the Boroma boarding school smoke a cigaret, hiding from the teachers in abandoned school building.

Mozambique, Tete Province, Boroma village. 2010

Last of the Dani

My recent story “Last of the Dani” from West Papua, Indonesia:

The Dani people populate the Baliem Valley in West Papua Province of Indonesia. They first came into contact with modern civilization in 1938 when the Baliem Valley was discovered by the American zoologist, Richard Archbold, during his expedition in New Guinea. At that time the Dani lived in the Stone Age and many had practiced cannibalism.

Asike Halu, 67, near the ATM machine of the BRI bank in Wamena town. Asike makes money from tourists, allowing them taking photos of him charging 5 to 10 thousand rupiahs (0.5 – 1 USD) per click and also providing them local guide services. Asike makes from 10 to 60 US dollars a day and keeps his money in the bank.

Check out my web-site for the full story!

Updated travel plans

October: I’m going trough New York and Dominican Republic to Haiti, where I’m starting new project. After Haiti I’m back to New York to attend the opening of the exhibition of the FotoEvidence Book award in VII Agency’s Gallery, where photos from my “Crying Meri” project will be exposed.

November: Papua New Guinea. Going to attend The PNG Human Rights Film festival in Port Moresby and continue working on “Crying Meri” project and couple of more photo-stories.

December-January: France, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine. Visiting my Portuguese, Russian and Ukranian relatives and working on 2 stories in Portugal and Russia.

A follower of John Frum cargo cult. Lamakara village, Tanna island, Vanuatu

February: Vanuatu. Hopefully I will be able to continue documenting Cargo cults of Tanna island.

News from the Santa Filomena slum

A few posts ago I wrote about my experience with photographing the Santa Filomena slum in the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. At that time – 2010, local authorities were planning the total demolition of this problematic neighbourhood and some houses were occasionally knock down when their residents moved to other places, to prevent the occupation of the barracks by new people.

A street seller sits on her chair in the middle of the Santa Filomena slum. Amadora city, Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Portugal.

When I was working in West Papua I received the news from Portugal, that Santa Filomena was being demolished. In the first phase of the plan city’s authorities were destroying 18 houses. For those who live in the slum unregistered, no alternative habitation was provided.

Only one road divides the slum of Santa Filomena from the rest of the Amadora city. Humberto Delgado Avenue is a frontier not only between the quarters, but also between the normal life and living under the poverty line.

Because of this news I’ve decided to continue my work on this story and want to document the demolition process and the life of the slum even deeper. I already have air tickets to Portugal for this December and I hope to find Santa Filomena slum still on the place. Or at least some part of it.

Remains of the demolished house in the Santa Filomena slum. December 2009

Stone Age man and Angry Birds pillow

A photo from my recent story “Last of the Dani”, which is about the native Dani people of West Papua (Indonesia) and how our civilisation is changing their life and traditions.

Senaila, more than 70 years old, near his house with the “Angry Birds” pillow. He bought it for 90 000 rupiah (about 9 UDS) in Wamena and puts it under his head when sleeping on the floor of his hut.
(Kurulu district, Baliem Valley, West Papua Province, Indonesia).

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Back to Australia

I’m already in Australia and brought from West Papua (Indonesia) new portrait story “Last of the Dani”, about the stone-age people from the Dani tribe and how their life has changed because of the extremely fast development in the Baliem Valley.

Coming soon, check for the updates!