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My friend Andrew suggested we drive to Ballarat for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and having lived my teen years in that charming town, I readily agreed to spend time with my friend in my favourite part of Victoria with the promise of seeing works of renowned international photographers.
We were not disappointed as the biennale offered a diverse range of topics and styles. Unfortunately photographing the galleries with the works and visitors (a la Wolfgang) was not allowed.
With the work I am showing in this photo I am probably breaking copyright but I saw a number of people taking photos. I am absolving myself by using this opportunity to introduce to you the inspirational work of the Colombian photographer responsible for this instillation called “Shrouds.”
The artist is Erika Diettes from Bogota, Colombia, whose previous series Silences, Drifting Away and By Force of Blood are linked to her current series in the depiction of the effects of violence in Colombia.

“The women who serve as the models in Sudarios (Shrouds) were first hand witnesses of acts of horror. The intention of the series is to enable the spectator to observe the moment when these women close their eyes, with no other way to communicate the horror that they witnessed and the intensity of the sorrow they were subjected to. I am convinced that this series speaks of something that is timeless, universal and infinite.”

In WS I have presented a different POV.
These images were disturbing not only because they bore witness to the horrors that these women experienced in their country but they also brought back to me the horrors of the wars in former Yugoslavia where rape was used as a weapon, particularly against Muslim women.

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