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2009 Aftermath Project grant winners and finalists

We had an incredibly strong group of 142 applicants this year — so strong that we named six finalists, instead of our usual three (in addition to our two grant winners). Here they are:

GRANT WINNERS:

$25,000 grant: Asim Rafiqui (Sweden/US), for his project, “The Idea of India: Religious and Cultural Pluralism as Resistance to Sectarian Conflict,” an exploration of the aftermath of religious conflict in India through documenting pluralist landscapes, shared sacred sites, shared cultural traditions and efforts at reconciliation within divided communities.

$15,000 grant: Louie Palu (Canada), for his project, “Home Front,” which explores and compares the experiences of American Vietnam War veterans, and returning soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Palu’s project focuses on the emotional and psychological issues faced by soldiers who return from war and the long-term effects they deal with as they try to reintegrate into their families and society.

FINALISTS (in alphabetical order):

Rodrigo Abd (Guatemala) – “Reclaiming the dead: mass graves in Guatemala, a story only partially told”

Andrea Bruce (US) – “Unseen Iraq”

David Monteleone (Italy) – “Russian Caucasus”

Saiful Huq Omi (Bangladesh) – “The Disowned and the Denied: the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh”

Donald Weber (Canda) – “Firewalk: Life with Cluster Bombs in South Lebanon”

Ami Vitale (US) – “Kashmir: Lifting the Veil”

We will post the winners and finalists, along with examples of their work and their project statements, on our website early in the new year.

OF NOTE

Libia Posada (Colombia) — “Cardinal Signs” Although Libia’s work did not make it to finalist status, the judges wanted to call attention to her work, which is a fine art photographic approach to documenting the trials of Colombia’s internally displaced population. A medical doctor, Posada hand draws maps on the legs of people who have been on long, forced journeys within Colombia because of the violence there. The maps are the routes that the individual subject has taken as an internally displaced person. She then poses the individual for a photograph on a white background, shot from the knees down, showing the maps of the journeys. We felt it was a powerful way to portray an aftermath story, and one that reflects a different point of view. We wanted to acknowledge Posada as a way to encourage her and also to encourage other fine art photographers who may consider applying for Aftermath Project grants in the future.

by sara terry at 2008-12-13 07:28:15 UTC los angeles , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Congratulations Asim!!!!! And greetings from all 3 of us. Would you be in Stockholm next spring? It would be nice to meet you again if we manage to get there in April. I’m so looking forward to see your work on their site. Congrats to everybody else, too.

by G. Muj | 13 Dec 2008 12:12 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | | Report spam→
cool Asim, it seems that you found a way to sponsor your recent project :)

by [former member] | 13 Dec 2008 18:12 | Lisbon, Portugal | | Report spam→
Congratulations, Asim!

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 13 Dec 2008 22:12 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
congrats to all.

by [former member] | 14 Dec 2008 05:12 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
BIG BIG CONTRATULATIONS TO ASIM! :)))))))….I FINER BLOKE CANT BE FOUND! GOOD ON YOU MAN! :)))0

CONGRATULATIONS TOO TO LOUIE, DOIN’ THE NATION PROUD! I CANT WAIT TO SEE THE WORK!

CONGRATULATINS DON! :)))…WE’RE PROUD OF YOU AND I GUESS (even though you owe me a beer post-guggi) I OWE YOU A BEER AGAIN!….SEE U SOON!!!!

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by [former member] | 15 Dec 2008 13:12 | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Wow Louie, congrats!

by Brendan Hoffman | 15 Dec 2008 13:12 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

sara terry, photographer sara terry
photographer
Los Angeles , United States
G. Muj, designer / ex photog / G. Muj
designer / ex photog /
Doha , Qatar
Tomoko Yamamoto, Multimedia Artist Tomoko Yamamoto
Multimedia Artist
Vienna , Austria ( VIE )
Brendan Hoffman, photographer Brendan Hoffman
photographer
(Prime)
New York, Ny , United States


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