The Bearable and Bees, Zhe Chen

The Bearable (2007-2010) is Chen’s confessional photo-documentation of her self-harm history spanning half a decade. Bees (2010-2012) features a collection of people who, faced with chaos, violence, alienation and irredeemable losses in life, feel propelled to leave physical traces and markings on their bodies, in order to testify and preserve a pure and sensitive mind from within. […]

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Melanie Blanding

Doctors on Call for Service (DOCS) treat victims of sexual violence in Goma, North Kivu, including this woman who’s eye was gauged with a stick. Some women suffered more severe damage than others. DOCS performed surgeries on each of them, but when surgery proved unsuccessful, the organization rented land to house 18 women in Ndosho, […]

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The Black Hours, Patricia Aridjis

A photographic essay of women in prison. By Patricia Aridjis. “What would you do if I mugged you?”- Natalia asked mischievously. -You wouldn’t- I answered. When Juan Carlos the inmate’s five-year old son over heard us he screamed, -“Don’t do it mom! don’t! or you’ll end up in jail!”- -“Jail does not exist”- she said […]

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