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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emka (64124) 2013-09-04 23:35
Hi Klaudio, How nice that you went with Andrew to Ballarat. Pity I couldn't go there with you:).
Impressive photo exhibition. What these women experienced!
jhm (127907) 2013-09-05 2:48
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
This type pictures see we not everyday.
These International Photo Biennale gives a totally others atmosphere than a simple picture.
Wonderful founded and very well photo work, also your workshop picture is very well.
Also your picture is nice taken with a lot details.
Sharpness and colours are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (36978) 2013-09-05 5:21
this image fascinates me. Your execution and composition are just amazingly effective and the shot has turned into its own piece of art. The light and luminescence are just captivating and I applaud your vision and originality. Stunning work! Congratulations!
rigoletto (32746) 2013-09-05 10:35
i seldom prefer interior photos without human figures, but here, you have another case. a wide array of tormented souls presented in a most striking way. i much prefer the WS version (still worth an individual post, imho) but get your sentiments about why you chose this one very well.
dekanski (1065) 2013-09-07 10:43
veoma interesatno. Pola posla je obavila sama postavka, ali to ništa bi vredelo bez tvog oka. Sjajno izabrano mesto za snimanje fotografije.
cagla (3794) 2013-09-08 3:14
What a wild world this is.... Thank you for introducing this very impressive installation to us. I found her webpage www.erikadiettes.com and I think I'm gonna spend some time on her works now. Kind regards.
Glint (5911) 2013-09-11 1:43
I'm so pleased that you chose to take these photos despite the prohibitions. You were right to do so as they deserve to be shared to a wider audience. That human beings can cause so much misery scares the hell out of me. It is as if the human mind is extremely plastic and capable of all kinds of deeds from good to evil.
You have managed the exposure well and your composition gives us a sense of being there.
clic (12465) 2013-10-09 12:53
Despite sunshine outside I see lot of grief banked in this narrow corridor and I easily imagine at dawn light such sadness turned to silent tears in the dark.