Jonathan Torgovnik & Heather McClintock
by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Nov 23, 2009
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Photography by Jonathan Torgovnik and Heather McClintock. During the 1994 genocide, hundreds of thousands of Rwandan women were subjected to massive sexual violence by members of the infamous Hutu ...
Photography by Jonathan Torgovnik and Heather McClintock. During the 1994 genocide, hundreds of thousands of Rwandan women were subjected to massive sexual violence by members of the infamous Hutu militia groups, known as the Interhamwe. Among the most isolated survivors are women who have borne children as a result of those rapes. Due to the stigma of rape and “having a child of the militia,” the women’s communities and few surviving relatives have largely shunned them. Intended Consequences: Genocide Mothers; Children of Rape brings together Jonathan Torgovnik’s remarkable portraits of these women and children, and their harrowing first-hand testimonies.Originally from Vermont, Heather McClintock was seeking a deeper, more intimate connection to humanity and the commonalities of our existence. She started documenting the struggles of the Acholi tribe of Northern Uganda in 2006. They are caught in the middle of a complex civil war. Countless numbers have been brutalized and children abducted from the tribe make up about 90% of the rebel soldiers. Heather states that her images only touch on the Acholi’s unimaginable suffering and it is her hope that the photographs will underscore this complicated and imperfect life we all share. She hopes the viewers will lend compassion to all brave survivors of conflict.
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