Linda Forsell. Cause of Death: Woman
Intimate Partner Violence
The one you love, you beat. – proverb, Sweden
More than a third of all women in the world are subjected to physical or sexual violence during their lifetime. The most common type is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) which one out of three women have to suffer. No country, and no economical class or age is exempted; and it has dire effects. Depression, alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and physical injuries are merely part of the outcome.
About the project
Cause of Death: Woman is a unique investigative report on violence against women in the world, describing atrocities ranging from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and acid attacks to more hidden types like psychological and physical violence between partners and rape.
Between 2010 and 2012 Linda Forsell documented the situation in ten countries together with reporters Karin Alfredsson and Kerstin Weigl. The countries included in the project are the USA, South Africa, Egypt, Sweden, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, Congo, Spain and Russia.
The primary result of the work is www.causeofdeathwoman.com, an open resource for anyone who is interested, but with large focus on reaching out through organizations, schools, workshops and lectures around the world.
1. South Africa: The first time Elizabeth’s boyfriend beat her she was 16. Her boyfriend used to say to her: “You’re a dog. How can you expect anyone to love you when even your own mother doesn’t?”
2. Russia: Svetlana is forced to live with her husband that she has filed a lawsuit against for abusing her. The situation is common in Russia where housing is extremely scarce.
4. Brazil: Rosangela says she has survived twice. First when her husband threw petrol over her and set her alight – and then the negligence at the hospital.
Kathrin Loges & Jan Wunderlich.
Sally Mann - Battlefields: Antietam & Last Measure
The earth and its relationship to mortality are Sally Mann’s terrain in this series on the battlefields of the Civil War. It is a subject far removed from the lyrical landscapes of the American South and the intimate glimpses of family life that she has dealt with in previous photographic essays.
Nearly 150 years after Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner recorded the war ”live,” Ms. Mann has visited the various fields — Antietam, Manassas, Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, etc. — to capture their spirit and perhaps invoke the needless destruction of all wars, present-day included.
Her manipulation of her predecessors’ cumbersome baggage — the wet-plate glass negative that had to be developed immediately — has produced a group of retro-looking, painterly photographs whose minimal but elegiac imagery has the charge of somber poetry. As with the old, technically crude process, the prints are scratched, blurred, often hazy and streaked and spotted with points of light; some are deliberately given semi-arches at the top corners to create the look of an old album.
Abandoned shed in Lake Paroho, South Korea.
Contributed by Gilson Lee.