In recognition of International Women’s Day, UNICEF published a photo essay on gender-biased sex selection in Armenia that Anush Babajanyan shot on assignment.
“Armenia has one of the world’s highest rates of gender-biased sex selection (GBSS) – preventing the birth of a child of the ‘undesirable’ gender. Girls are literally missing from families, classrooms and communities. Over the past seven years, an estimated 4,000 girls who would have been born in Armenia were not, due to a persistent preference for sons. That represents 4,000 losses – of life, of opportunities, and of potential.”
Her Take, an exhibition by the female photographers of VII, will be on view at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland, from February 2 through April 5, 2020.
In Her Take, Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry share their visual reflections on contemporary masculinity and its media and artistic representations. Documentary or conceptual, their projects explore and rethink the images and archetypes generally associated with the masculine. The exhibition grows from the authors’ participation in the volatile contemporary debate about gender, power, and representation.
Join Sara Terry at the opening of Her Take on February 1, and for an artist talk and portfolio reviews on February 2.
VII is pleased to announce the 26 participants from 12 countries selected for the 2019-20 VII Masterclass Barcelona. The second of three Masterclass sessions was completed last month in Barcelona, led by VII Masters Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, and tutors Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber. Tutors Anush Babajanyan and John Stanmeyer joined the first session in September. Ron Haviv and Ilvy Njiokiktjien will join the third and final session in March 2020.
For UNICEF, Mary Gelman photographed the story of Baurzhan, a 14-year-old advocate for young people living with HIV in Kazakhstan.
“I am one of those 149 children. I am HIV-positive and today, I am the only teenager in Kazakhstan with HIV who is living openly.”
This story is part of a special series produced by the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Office and photographed by VII Photo Agency to mark 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Follow along over the next few weeks as we share additional stories, photographed by VII’s Anush Babajanyan, Franco Pagetti, and Maciek Nabrdalik, of young advocates using their voices to protect and promote the rights of other young people.
Anush Babajanyan has been awarded the Canon Female Photojournalist Award. For the nineteenth year in a row, Canon and Visa pour l’Image bestowed the award to an outstanding female photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism.
The €8,000 grant, which will be awarded on September 7 in Perpignan, will enable Anush to fund her project on large families in Nagorno-Karabakh. The work will be exhibited at the 2020 edition of Visa pour l’Image.