Women- and LGBTQI-centered Stories supported by the Magnum Foundation
Education is Forbidden
Rahima Gambo | Nigeria
Education is Forbidden is a multimedia narrative about the experiences of students attending schools and universities in the midst of the Boko Haram insurgency in north east Nigeria.
Arlene Mejorado | Los Angeles
Stitching Together: Garment Workers in Solidarity
Taslima Akhter | Bangladesh
One Day We’ll Understand
Sim Chi Yin | Singapore
Sim Chi Yin was an inaugural fellow in 2010. She went on to be a stringer for The New York Times and contributor to The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, Le Monde, Newsweek, Vogue, and Stern. Most recently, Chi Yin was named the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize photographer, commissioned to reflect on the human experience with nuclear weapons; received the Chris Hondros Fund award; and was made a Magnum Photos nominee. Chi Yin’s career is one that we are proud to have supported for nearly a decade, and it is through her journey that we see the sustained, long-term impacts of our work in the field come to fruition. Chi Yin continues to play an active role in the Magnum Foundation as a mentor in the Photography and Social Justice Program.
Living in Sanctuary
Cinthya-Santos Briones | US
Cinthya Santos Briones is working on a long-term project about undocumented families living in sanctuary in New York City churches. Positioning those who take sanctuary as resistance leaders, her work centers the emotional, psychological, and political impact of taking sanctuary, while showing the poignant, quiet, and tender moments of establishing home, routine, and community–imagery rarely depicted in the mainstream representation of asylum seekers.
Full Moon On A Dark Night
Soumya Sankar-Bose | India
Sisi Barra (Smoke Work)
Joana Choumali | Côte d'Ivoire
Charcoal is made with wood waste left behind by big corporations exporting wood and exploiting the country’s natural resources. This project intend to shine a light on the grueling everyday life–in a hostile and polluted environment–of the invisible women who re-use the wood chips left behind to create charcoal in order to support their families.
Here We Are
Mengwen Cao | China
Women on the Outside
Lisa Riordan Seville and Zara Katz | US
Investigative reporter Lisa Riordan Seville and photo editor Zara Katz brought together photographs, text, video, and data to paint a picture of the female family members who must pick up the pieces when a loved one is incarcerated. As a part of their process, they held gatherings and workshops with women who travel great distances across Pennsylvania to maintain ties with their brothers, fathers, boyfriends, and husbands. When we exhibited Women on the Outside, the women featured in the project made the trip out to Brooklyn to experience their stories through the lens of the public. “It feels so good to see everyone reading our stories,” they exclaimed.
Just Like Us
Eric Gyamfi | Ghana
Orinoco Women’s Journal
Juanita Escobar | Colombia
Along the 300 kilometer stretch of the Orinoco River, Juanita Escobar has been chronicling life on the border between Venezuela and her home country of Colombia. Women have always suffered the impacts of forced migration most severely. In this region, indigenous girls as young as 10 have been ensnared in prostitution and drug use, a situation made worse by the flood of refugees from Venezuela, where desperation has led some women to engage in sex work to feed their families. Despite the chaos, disenfranchisement, and marginalization, Juanita is exploring other themes that show alternative, and hopeful perspectives that lend nuance, individuality, and autonomy to the women at the center of her project, and this border area.
Heba Khalifa | Egypt
Travel Guide for Mama
Sumeja Tulic | Bosnia
Utata Undiphotha Inwele (My Father Plaits My Hair)
Thandiwe Msebenzi | South Africa
The Feminist Memory Project: The Public Life of Women
Nepal Picture Library | Nepal
The Feminist Memory Project seeks to create a visual archive of women’s movements in Nepal. Through gathered archival photographs, other ephemera, and oral histories from around Nepal that capture women in pivotal moments of Nepali history, it consolidates contributions made by pioneering figures who remain marginalized in our male dominated historiographies. The act of inscribing Nepali women en masse into public memory rides on the feminist impulse to memorialize women’s pasts in order to advance liberation.