As an addition to the current program, originally planned tonight at Customs House to show more of the Censored Reportage Projections, Reportage is proud to announce two presentations exclusively for the 2013 Reportage Festival by photographers Gary Ramage and Vlad Sokhin.
Entry is free and the talks kick off from 8pm in the Barnet Long Room, Level 1 of Customs House.
Best Mates-United States Marine, 20-year-old Lance Corporal Brandon Tucker huddles up to his explosive detection dog “Auggie” to keep warm during the night. © Garry Ramage
Gary Ramage is one of Australia’s leading photographers, with more than 22 years experience in the industry. He’s currently the Chief Photographer for the News Limited Group, covering Australian federal politics.
Walne was accused of using sorcery to kill a young boy and hunted by her husband’s family. Narrowly escaping public execution, she is currently in hiding. © Vlad Sokhin
Vlad Sokhin is a Sydney based Russian/Portuguese documentary photographer. In his work he covers social, environmental and cultural issues around the world, including post-conflict and natural disaster zones.
Vlad’s work has been exhibited and screened in the United States, Russia, Portugal, Georgia, and Turkey, including VII Agency gallery in New York and the Visa Pour L’Image photo-festival in Perpignan. He has received various awards and his work has been published in international newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic, GEO, International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire, Das Magazin and others. Vlad is represented by German photo-agency “Agentur Focus” and Russian “Grinberg Agency”. He also collaborates with the United Nations Human Rights organization (OHCHR).
Witch hunt in Papua New Guinea
Sorcery-related-violence is widespread in Papua New Guinea. In the Highlands Region of PNG witch-hunts occur almost in every province. Locals believe in black magic, often accusing random women of causing the death of someone from the village.
Amnesty International reports that the traditional belief in sorcery was responsible for at least 50 murders in 2008 alone, and many more are thought to have gone unreported. Although men can also fall victim to these accusations, it is 6 times more likely for women. When those ‘sanguma’ (witches) people being tortured, locals cut their bodies with machetes and axes, burning them with hot iron bars, forcing to admit that they were involved in witchcraft. If the victims survive, they would be expelled from the community permanently. Despite this widespread violence, the PNG Government does not have a program to help victims of sorcery-related violence nor provides any shelter for those women and men. It is very rare such cases are brought to court and sometimes even police are involved in witch hunt, supporting the perpetrators, not the victims.