Proceeds from the sale of this print benefit both Aperture Foundation and Foundation Rwanda (http://www.foundationrwanda.org/).
"When I pushed further and asked what future they would envision if they had the means, nearly every mother talked about education for her children and how vital it is that these children, in particular, acquire the skills to provide for themselves should their mothers not survive. I was deeply moved by this repeated appeal and affected by the incredible challenges these woman and children face daily. I felt compelled to do something beyond documenting stories. Inspired to act I cofounded Foundation Rwanda, to improve the lives of children born of rape committed during the genocide. Foundation Rwanda provides funding for secondary school education for these children and links their mothers to existing psychological and medical services." —Jonathan Torgovnik
An estimated twenty thousand children were born of rapes that occurred during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. More than fifteen years later, the mothers of these children still face enormous challenges, among them being stigmatized within their communities for bearing a child fathered by a Hutu militiaman. Over a three-year period, photographer Jonathan Torgovnik made repeated visits to Rwanda to document the experiences of these women, allowing them to tell their stories. These portraits and testimonies are featured in the artist's monograph, Intended Consequences (Aperture, 2009). They offer intensely personal accounts of these survivors' experiences of the genocide, as well as their conflicted feelings about raising a child who is a living reminder of horrors endured.
In addition to financing the education of children born of rapes committed during the 1994 genocide, Foundation Rwanda, cofounded by Torgovnik, links their mothers to existing psychological and medical support services and creates awareness about the consequences of genocide and sexual violence through photography and newmedia.
Jonathan Torgovnik's (born in Israel, 1969) photographs have been widely exhibited and published in numerous international publications, including Newsweek, Aperture, GEO, Sunday Times Magazine, and Stern. He has been a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine since 2005, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography School in New York. In 2007, Torgovnik won the National Portrait Gallery's Photographic Portrait Prize for an image from the series Intended Consequences. In 2009, Aperture published his book Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape.
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Jean-Paul, from the series Intended Consequences, 2006