“Empathy is key in telling stories by means of images,” in accordance to the award-winning photojournalist Jean Chung. In an internet interview by the “Exodus Deja-vu” venture, in which she is featured with 11 different photojournalists, Chung made the feedback as a part of World Refugee Day, noticed on June 20.
The South Korea-based photographer has labored extensively in girls’s camps in Uganda and gained worldwide recognition along with her collection of reportage pictures in Afghanistan and Africa. She just lately took half in “Exodus Deja-vu.” The venture relies on the concept that all images seize numerous people, moments, stories and conditions. But however, even the photographs of various battle zones in completely different eras look the identical, creating an impression of deja-vu. It goals to deliver consideration to deja-vu feelings and emphasize that issues refugees face all world wide are nonetheless persevering with.
Women’s struggles by means of pictures
The topic of refugees has been lined by many photographers, however as a lady from a former colony – South Korea – Chung needed to deal with girls’s struggles among the many refugee teams.
In 2006-07, she lived in Afghanistan and created picture stories targeted on maternal well being, girls’s training and ladies’s rights. Since 2008, when she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, her work has targeted on sexual violence in opposition to girls.
She additionally did a photograph story in Nigeria about sexual slavery, pressured marriages and the results of armed battle for girls. “I needed to pay attention to girls’s stories, pay attention to them and make their stories heard,” she stated. Good photojournalism ought to present the spirit of the time we reside in and the truth of it, Chung added.
Chung lined girls’s camps in Uganda after South Sudan gained independence in 2011. The nation fell into political turmoil and interethnic violence two years later in 2013.
More than 500,000 folks fled the nation to neighboring Uganda, most of them girls and youngsters.
“You have to know what you’re up in opposition to earlier than going to a battle zone to take images. You have to know the political context. But most significantly, you want to have empathy for folks and have a look at the problems with compassion,” she stated. This explicit picture story in Uganda was to present the ladies’s braveness and trauma, she added.
Project ongoing with interviews
The first Exodus exhibition was held in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, adopted by showings in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ankara and Istanbul. The exhibit was due to tour European and U.S. cities in 2020, however these plans have been shelved due to the Corona Virus pandemic.
Featuring the works of famend photographers and photojournalists together with Chung, Coşkun Aral, Guillermo Arias, Yalda Moayeri and Sergey Ponomarev, the exhibit was held on-line this yr and was opened for viewing on Saturday, World Refugee Day.
The different photographers, who have been additionally interviewed on-line, talked about their featured works in the venture and the importance of World Refugee Day for photojournalists. The artists will likely be interviewed day by day on the venture’s Instagram web page.