I arrived in Malaga yesterday to attend the opening night of The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. One of my photographs, 'In The Corner' from the series of work 'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' was an award winner in the Pollux Awards earlier this year, and was selected to be included in this exhibition. With 54 photographers from 17 countries attending the opening night, it was a huge event, with some incredible talent. I would like to thank the Museo del Patrimonio Municipal for hosting this event, and all of the organizers from WPGA who did such a fantastic job in making this exhibition possible, with special thanks to Julio Hardy.
Every day hundreds of families in Spain are evicted from their homes. Today I visited the homes of three families where the police came to evict them from their homes. At all three homes, there were members of Platforma de Afectados pro la Hipoteca (PAH) - Platform for People Affected by Mortgages to help and support the families. In all three cases, the evictions have been postponed with assistance of the 'Stop evictions' campaigners, who stood around each home to stop the judicial team and police from evicting them.
All images © Anna Fawcus 2014
I received notification from the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA) yesterday to let me know that one of my images had won an award in the Pollux Awards. The photograph, from the 'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' series, has been selected to be exhibited in the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography which will open in Malaga, Spain, on September 18th at the Municipal Heritage Museum of Malaga.
'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' © Anna Fawcus 2013
A recent article from Oxfam America, called 'In a battle against the bugs, Haitian farmers win, thanks to better coordination' by Kevin Ferguson talks about one of the stories we photographed on assignment in Haiti late in 2013.
2013 was a busy year for me. I was based in New York City for the year, with photographic assignments and travel taking me to Thailand, India, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Haiti, UK, Australia & New Zealand. I was involved in many exhibitions; with solo shows in New York City and Australia, and group shows at various galleries in New York, and at Art Basel in Miami. I would like to share a few shots from the year:© Anna Fawcus 'In the Corner', Rawai, Thailand, 2013
© Anna Fawcus / Oxfam America Artibonite, Haiti, 2013
For me, 2014 has begun in New Zealand, with plans to visit Vanuatu next week, before returning to New York. I then plan to move to Madrid, and be based there for the year. Thanks for your support in 2013 and I look forward to sharing photos and stories with you over the coming year.
I have just returned from a week in the Artibonite region of Haiti where I have been working with Oxfam America to document the rice industry, from the farmers in the fields, through to the mills and markets and even big companies who are buying up large quantities of rice. We spoke with people about all aspects of Haitian rice growing, as well as the USA rice imports and the effect that this has on the local marketplace. I travelled with Kevin Ferguson who will tell the stories of the people we met on this journey, incorporating my photography and video. Keep an eye on this blog for links through to upcoming Oxfam America blog posts, articles and documentary work over the coming weeks.© AnnaFawcus/Oxfam America Rice Farming in Artibonite, Haiti 2013
Yesterday was the gallery night for my photographic exhibition 'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' at Circuit of Change, in NYC. I did not manage to take many photos of the evening, but have a few to share here. Many thanks to everyone who came and to all who made this such a successful evening, especially to Brian & Alyssa, Jack and Dave.
Last night was the closing party of my joint exhibition 'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' & 'Haiti', with Giles Clarke at Con Artist Gallery in NYC. Thanks to everyone who came out and made is such a successful and busy night, and a special thanks to Con Artist Gallery, Giles, Lawrence, Brian, Audrey, Oscar and Dave for their work in making it happen. For anyone who missed the show, I will be exhibiting 'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' again in New York, at Circuit of Change: Gallery Night August 11th between 5pm - 7pm.
Here's a few photos of the evening:
© Anna Fawcus 2013
© Anna Fawcus 2013
© Scott Witt 2013 (Range-findings.com)
My work 'Children & The Art of Eight Limbs' has been featured on the home page of SocialDocumentary.net. If you haven't been in NYC to see my current exhibition at Con Artist Gallery over the past couple of weeks, then you can see the exhibition online at SocialDocumentary.net. There will also be a second gallery showing of the work in New York, opening on August 11th at Circuit of Change, I will post more details about this soon.
Here are a just a few of the images that are part of the exhibition:
There is a new article by Elizabeth Stevens with photos and stories from our recent trip to Haiti. For Haiti's rice farmers, much depends on the free flow of water: In the rice-growing Artibonite Valley, Oxfam and partners are helping restore a lifeline: irrigation.
See the article on Oxfam America's First Person Blog:
Or you can view the re-post of it on the HaitianTruth.org website:
Or you can read the same article on the Before It's News Website:
On my recent trip to Haiti, working with Oxfam America, I spent time working on two assignments. The first assignment in Artibonite is detailed in my previous blog post. The second assignment was with Coco McCabe documenting communities a couple of hours out of Port-Au-Prince. We visited beneficiaries of livelihood programs put in place to assist the local community with establishing themselves in small business. We also visited sites which are a part of the WASH campaign, which has been working to improve the quality of water and decrease the spread of cholera. Here are a few photographs of the programs that we visited:
All photographs ©AnnaFawcus/Oxfam 2012