The exhibition and documentary project
Can beauty prevail when innocent people are disfigured by acid attacks? Can they rise stronger than before, more empowered and determined?
Award winning photographer Ken Hermann and videographer Tai Klan
travelled to Bangladesh to answer these questions.
Through the great efforts of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) the numbers of acid attacks have gone down, however Bangladesh is a country
still plagued by acid attacks. In many cases the attack comes from within
the family, mostly due to disputes over honour, dowry, property or land.
Women, men and children are left with the painful physical and mental
scars that stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Focusing on the positive and aesthetic aspects of these otherwise tragic
stories, Ken Hermann has created a strong portrait series, while Tai Klan
takes us really close to the portrayed with his moving short documentary. The project was in part realized in collaboration with the ASF in Bangladesh.
The complete project will be revealed at the KontraFrame gallery in Copenhagen duringthe annual Copenhagen Photo Festival June 7th 2013.
What we need
The money will go towards finishing the editing of the documentary, colorgrading & sound mixing and printing the photographs in a nice (hopefully) big format with framing for the exhibition. Beside that Suzette Frovin (journalist) is working on all the text for the project.
Supporting the project and helping to raise awareness about this worthwhile cause, we have put together some nice perks for you, ranging from 10-400 €. Hopefully you will like them but any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
We were lucky to get financial support from Amnesty International & The Danish Journalist Union to cover some of the expenses from the trip.
The exhibition and documentary will require a total of 7.500€ to be completed. With 5.500 € pledged we feel confident to start the production and we will then cover the rest ourselves.
If you would like to know more about our work and us, you can visit our websites:
The End Result
After a hopefully successful exhibition, we plan to push the project to digital platforms, magazines, blogs and newspapers around the world. Our aim is that this will create a worldwide awareness about the cause and especially the foundation Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF) in Bangladesh and their great work.
You can already support the ASF directly through their website, however we believe that engaging, rich and immersive content like the pictures and the documentary from the exhibition are capable of creating even more awareness and attention world wide. An awareness that wil eventually generate even more donations to this imporant cause.
If we reach our goal
If we reach our funding goal, we will ship the exhibition to the Acid Survivor Hospital in Bangladesh to lift up their spirit and let them enjoy the pictures we made together.
Bonus info (out of budget)
If - by chance - this campaign catches wildfire and we raise heaps of cash, we would absolutely love to invite some of the survivors to Copenhagen and show them the exhibition. Although this might be a long shot, we think it would certainly boost the exhibition and would be a huge experience for the survivors. Further, their visit would help the message of acid survivors to reach an even greater audience within Denmark.
Please help spread the word...
If you are not able to help support the campaign financially, please share it with all your friends and network that might find it interesting. You never know, this might end up helping us even more! Thank you in advance.