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TERRE SOLIDAIRE PHOTO AWARD 2023 : DISCOVER THE THREE WINNERS
The three laureates of the first edition of the Terre Solidaire Photo award chaired by Sebastião Salgado have finally been announced! Congratulations to Alessandro Cinque, Anush Babajanyan and Emily Garthwaite for their artistic, humanist and committed vision that we are proud to support. Without any further ado, discover their awarded work on video.
LAUREATE OF THE TERRE SOLIDAIRE GRAND AWARD
Laureate of the Terre Solidaire Grand Award, the Italian photographer, Alessandro Cinque, bears witness through his documentary project, “Peru : a toxic state“, to the environmental, social and cultural consequences caused by the exploitation of mining resources in Peru. Resulting of a six-year journey to meet the communities of the Peruvian Andes, this series tells the story of their reality and their suffering: the violation of their rights, the degradation of their health and living conditions, the disintegration of their culture and identity.
Currently based in Lima, Alessandro intends to pursue his photographic project in a documentary and militant way. He wants to bear witness of the similar realities experienced by Andean communities in Bolivia and Ecuador. He wishes to publish a photographic book, translated into Quechua language, in order to reinforce information access and to federate the communities. His goal is also to raise awareness internationally and to encourage dialogue on the abuses committed by the mining industry. His photographic work will be exhibited in its entirety at the Gacilly Photo Festival in the 2024 summer.
THROUGH THE PRISM OF OLD AND NEW MINES, THIS PROJECT EVOKES NEOLIBERALISM AND NEOCOLONIALISM BY WITNESSING THE LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PERUVIAN COUNTRYSIDE.
LAUREATES OF THE TERRE SOLIDAIRE PHOTO AWARD
Armenian photographer Anush Babajanyan, member of the Agency VII, was awarded the Terre Solidaire Photo Award for her project “Battered Waters“. Through this visual narrative, she bears witness to the crisis water in Central Asia, to which are added environmental issues that affect the 67 million people in this landlocked region. From Kazakhstan to Tadjikistan, through Ouzbekistan and Kirghistan, Anush plunges us into the heart of magnificent landscapes and closer to the inhabitants of those four countries to tell us the story of a thirsty and neglected region.
Thanks to the Terre Solidaire Photo Award, Anush wishes to continue to shed light on the issues related to the management and the share of water in Central Asia. She also intends to extend her narrative and documentary work to South Caucasus countries.
THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE EARLY 1990s LEFT CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES STRUGGLING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND A LACK OF COORDINATION REGARDING THE WATER THEY SHARED.
British photographer Emily Garthwaite was awarded the Terre Solidaire Photo Award for her project “Light Between Mountains” made in Iraqi Kurdistan. In a complex territory, shattered by a succession of conflicts, she bears witness to the resistance of pastoral way of life, of traditions and beliefs. Since 2019, she has been travelling through Kurdistan mountains, crossing areas of memory, of trauma, of environmental fragility. By writing the history of shepherds, farmers, fighters and pilgrims encountered along the way, she offers a glimpse of “the other Iraq” where wonder, quest and renewal prevail over war.
Slow journalism and “the return” are two approaches at the heart of her work. Thanks to the Terre Solidaire Photo Award, she wishes to continue her visual narrative by focusing more on the environmental threats while carrying on walking alongside “the keepers” of the land and pastoral and religious folklore.
THIS WORK IS THE TESTAMENT OF A FORGOTTEN PIECE OF HISTORY, ENCOMPASSING A MYRIAD OF BELIEFS, ETHNIC IDENTITIES AND DISTANT PAST. IT IS A LOVE LETTER TO MY HOME.
With our support, the three laureates will continue their photographic and documentary series. You will be able to discover their awarded work during festivals and exhibitions all throughout 2023 and 2024 (the program will be announced soon).
We would like to thank all the participating photographers, the members of the jury and the partners of the Award.
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