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.