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Ann-Christine Woehrl : IN/VISIBLE ou les femmes attaquées à l’acide

by Ann-Christine Woehrl

IN/VISIBLE is a project on women who have been attacked by flame or acid burns or who have tried to commit suicide out of threat in Bangladesh, Afghanistan,  Cambodia,  Pakistan,  Iran  and  India. All countries where the attacks are used as a weapon to destroy their lives and where the number of incidents are alarmingly high. These women are visibly disfigured and hence become invisible for their society. The number of incidents are alarming high, but  the  statistics  are  likely  an  undercount,  many  cases  go unreported.  Mainly  Islamic  religious  grounds  are  explanatory  for  the  actions  being  undertaken  by  the  husbands  or  men:  defying  Sharia,  the  dowry  system  and  jealousy.  These  women  who  burdened  such  attacks  have  lost  their  physical  appearance,  which  is  “only“  mirroring  their  deep  emotional scars. IN/VISIBLE is a long-term project on the life of these women, who share the same fate in each of the above cited countries, by documenting their daily life, their struggle, their reality and their hopes and their heroic strength. IN/VISIBLE  has  been granted by  the  german  cultural  foundation  Stiftung Kulturwerk / VG Bild‐Kunst which to be continued and accomplished in 2013. IN/VISIBLE also won the Premio AVIS at the Foiano Photofestival in November 2012 and will be presented as an exhibition at the Foiano Photofestival in 2013.

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