Silent Screams - Rights of the Child
Home by Lihee AvidanLihee Avidan’s Home is the story of a 23-year-old British mother and her two children trapped in a cycle of poverty and systemic rejection. The story urges us to question not only governments and institutions, but also the social parameters of our readiness to judge and criticise.
Arrested Development by Wend Lear“Since the beginning of 2011, Israel has detained around 5,000 Palestinian children for participation or ‘suspected participation’ in Palestinian resistance. Children are not protected in the Israeli court system and are often denied access to legal counsel. They are often held without charge or trial in administrative detention (…) in contravention of international law.” Wend Lear
Mauvais Air by William DanielsFor the most part, we take health for granted - the days of dying from the flu are over, and in Australia, mosquitoes don’t kill us. However, in much of the developing world, Malaria is still a leading cause of death. In Mauvais Air William Daniels confronts us with the tangible consequences of poor international aid and economic inequity. He asks the question – are we obliged to act when death is preventable?
Juvenile Detention by Steve LissIn the US, children are commonly incarcerated for behavioural problems and trivial offenses such as shoplifting or truancy. Over 50 percent of these kids, the majority whom are from African American or Hispanic backgrounds, suffer from mental illness. Steve Liss’ Juvenile Detention is a stark reminder of a Government’s untold hypocrisy.
The Most Precious Thing by Lukasz SokolMahatma Ghandi said “poverty is the worst kind of violence” – it robs people of their potential. Lukasz Sokol’s portraits of Cameroonian children expose the deep disparity of living standards between the political North and South. When asked to present their Most Precious Thing for Sokol’s camera, most children had nothing to show.
Darling Divas by Colby KatzAt an age when they should be contemplating the wonders of a cardboard box, children are put on display and judged by a world they are yet to understand. In the world of beauty pageants, children as young as 12 months are preened into adult constructions of beauty. Colby Katz’ Darling Divas questions the informed consent of the children that participate in these pageants.
Child Sexual Abuse by Mariella FurrerIt is said that globally, one in four girls will be sexually victimised before the age of 18, one in five rape victims is under the age of 12, and 10 percent of all victims are under the age of 5. Mariella Furrer’s Child Sexual Abuse puts faces to these horrific statistics, by retelling stories of abused South African children.
China’s Execution Orphans by Robin HammondOne of China’s dirtiest state secrets is its large number of state-sanctioned executions. Under Chinese law, 68 crimes are punishable by death, many of them petty crimes. The children of the dead are left behind to cope with lost love and social stigma. The children pictured in Robin Hammond’s images are the legacy of China’s execution policy.
Victims of the Iraq War by Yuri KozyrevChildren arguably bear the deepest scars of war, for they will bear them a lifetime. In his portraits of survivors of the Iraq war, Yuri Kozyrev tells of the trauma and loss inflicted by a war borne out of greed and vested interests, and that in truth, is far from over.
Chernobyl by Paul FuscoPaul Fusco’s Chernobyl gives a voice to those who continue to endure the fallout from this nuclear catastrophe. 25 years after the nuclear accident, this project is as significant as ever. Chernobyl remains one of the world's gravest trans-generational human rights abuses. Fusco’s images present a muted scream, and are a timely reminder of the dangers of nuclear energy.
Children of Agent Orange by Justin MaxonOver 40 years ago, as part of the Vietnam War, the American military sprayed 19 million gallons of Agent Orange over large parts of Vietnam. The consequences became one of the great horrors of the 20th Century. Justin Maxon’s work is a stark reminder that the legacy of this destruction reaches far beyond the 20th Century, and will live on for many generations.
Soviet Pollution by Gerd LudwigSoviet Pollution documents children born with birth defects in the former Soviet Union, a land left toxic. Gerd Ludwig’s images discuss both the residual effects of the policies of the former Soviet Union, and a world gone mad - where economic growth is valued over individual human rights.
Curse of the Black Gold by Ed KashiOil has the illusion of cheap and instant wealth. The consequences of oil exploration are often concealed by the promise of progress, growth and stability. In The Curse of the Black Gold, Ed Kashi lays bare the cost of more than 50 years of oil exploitation in the Niger Delta.
Born to Work by G.M.B. AkashIn Bangladesh (one of many countries where child labour still occurs) 84 percent of people live on less than $2 a day, and millions of children work 48-hour weeks. G.M.B. Akash’s Born to Work pictures these children who are the modern-day slaves to capitalism and globalisation.
Child Soldiers by Alfredo FalvoAt age 13, Kavira from the DRC was taken by rebels, raped, and forced to kill. Her story is only one of an estimated 300,000 stories of child soldiers. Alfredo Falvo makes visible the destitution and hopelessness of child soldiers who are mentally, morally and spiritually set adrift in a sea of economic greed, political expediency and global indifference.
When a Refugee is not a Refugee by Annie TrittRefugees are ordinary people who have encountered extraordinary circumstances. Leaving one’s homeland is rarely a choice but rather the only chance of survival. Around the world, refugees are treated as second-class citizens in their new host countries. In this story, Annie Tritt tells of one Iraqi family’s struggle to survive.
Aboriginal Australia by Meredith O’SheaAustralia is a rich, democratic country known for the ‘fair go’. You wouldn’t think that in a country like this, people live in slum-like conditions. Meredith O’Shea takes us on a journey into one community in Indigenous Australia, and asks the question - was the historic 2008 Apology nothing more than rhetoric?
Street Kids of Odessa by Michal NovotnyTorn between it’s shackled history as a state of the former USSR and its fledgling democracy and capitalist pursuits - the Ukraine is a country in turmoil. Michal Novotny’s Street Kids of Odessa paints a powerful picture of the human cost of this turmoil. Novotny’s images show an underground world where the homeless children of Odessa gather to survive life on the streets.
Not Natasha by Dana Popa“They ripped a bedsheet into thin pieces and tied my arms up against the frame of the bed (…). It hurt so much. I could only see their big hands and their eyes (…). After a while, I don’t know how long, I was not feeling anything anymore…” Natalia, 16 years old. Dana Popa’s Not Natasha retells the horrors of Moldovan women and girls who are victims of sex trafficking. Their stories reveal the enduring scars carried by the victims of this horrific crime.
The Places We Live by Jonas BendiksenOne in six people across the world live in substandard housing and lack security, food and education among other things. In the world of slums, child mortality is high and life expectancy low. Jonas Bendiksen’s The Places We Live delves into this world and speaks of people who, through abject poverty, are denied one of their most fundamental rights – the freedom and power to better their lives.

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