Jonathan Torgovnik
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape

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Description:
Intended Consequences, photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik, is an extraordinary series of environmental portraits made in Rwanda of women who were brutally raped during the genocide and the children they bore as a result. Through the exhibition’s striking images, accompanied by selections from the women’s testimonies, Torgovnik provides these mothers an opportunity to tell their stories. Amnesty International and Foundation Rwanda join Aperture Foundation with this exhibition to mark the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and to create a comprehensive dialogue about the legacy of genocide and sexual violence against women.

Traveling to Rwanda repeatedly over three years, Torgovnik photographed and interviewed survivors of the genocide, many of whom contracted HIV/AIDS from their assailants. Several of the thirty mothers in this exhibition had never previously described their experiences, silenced by the shame of rape and the stigma of having a “child of the militia”—sometimes the very men who murdered their entire families. Inspired to act, Torgovnik used these photographs as the springboard for a social justice campaign, co-founding Foundation Rwanda. The non-profit organization links these women to existing psychological and medical services, provides funding for their children’s secondary school education, and raises awareness about the consequences of genocide and gender-based sexual violence—a particularly pressing matter given the ongoing crises in the Darfur region of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read More:
seen.by, “The Enemy in the Child”

Contents:
This exhibition consists of 30 color photographs, image and frame size 30 x 30 inches, and a grid of 16 photographs, image size 20 x 20 inches (mounted). Each 30 x 30 inch photograph is accompanied by a selection from the subject’s testimony, and a group caption is provided for the grid. The exhibition also includes a 19-inch touch screen monitor that will showcase multimedia pieces, including interviews with Jonathan Torgovnik and women from the exhibition. The exhibition requires approximately 162 feet of running wall space.

The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Amnesty International, and Foundation Rwanda. Additional support for Intended Consequences was provided by Henry Buhl; SanDisk; Artis—Contemporary Israeli Art Fund; Kodak; and the Consulate General of Israel, Office of Cultural Affairs, in New York.

Book:
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape
Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik
8 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
144 pages
60 four-color images

Participation Fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128
$6,500 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

Availability:
The exhibition is available through 2013.

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