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Diana Markosian & Sarker Protick Among Magnum Foundation’s 2018 Grantees

Magnum Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2018 Magnum Foundation Fund and this year’s Photography and Social Justice Fellows.

The Magnum Foundation Fund, a program founded in 2010, “provides grants and project development support to artists exploring new models of storytelling,” explains the foundation. Since its inception, the fund has backed 88 artists, over half of whom hail from outside the U.S. and Western Europe. This year’s winners were chosen from among 151 proposals from 29 different countries. They were nominated by a group of 30 industry professionals and then picked by a jury comprised of Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass; Joshua Chuang, Curator of Photography at the New York Public Library; and Kira Pollack, Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair.

Eight projects were selected. They are: “Eclipse” by Sagar Chhetri, a story contending with issues of identity within Nepal’s Madhesi community; “Orinoco Women’s Journal” by Juanita Escobar, which focuses on women who live along the Orinoco River, marking the Colombia–Venezuela border; “Santa Barbara” by Diana Markosian explores immigration through the eyes of her family and examines the role of a 1980s soap opera in constructing her American Dream; “The Philly Bop” by Tiona Nekkia McClodden looks at a Philadelphia-based social dance through an autoethnographic lens; “Feminist Memory Project” by the Nepal Picture Library builds an extensive visual archive of women’s movements and women in pivotal moments of Nepali history; “Exodus” by Sarker Protick focuses on abandoned feudal estates and decaying landscapes in Bangladesh following the 1947 partition of Bengal; “Nyaope” by Lindokhule Sobekwa, a story from within a community of drug users in the townships surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa; and “On Andean Ground: The Yawar Fiesta” by Martin Weber, which looks at culture clashes in Latin America through an annual Andean ritual of resistance.

The Photography and Social Justice program aims to support a diverse, international group of early career photographers, journalists, artists and activists who seek to challenge injustice and advance human rights through photography. Selected from more than 600 applicants, the ten 2018 recipients will receive intensive training in New York City to become “effective storytellers, creative leaders, and changemakers.”

This year’s fellows are: Bahaa Elias, a graphic designer and photographer from Iraq; Chinese photographer Billy H.C. Kwok; American visual artist Courtney Garvin; Fabiola Ferrero, who is based between Venezuela and Colombia; Jeremiah Ikongio from Nigeria, who incorporates new media and performance art into his work; American photographer and activist Flo Razowsky; Özge Sebzeci from Turkey; Indian photographer Rohit Saha; and Thandiwe Msebenzi from South Africa.

Guevara Namer, from Syria, was selected, but was not able to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. because of the travel ban. She’ll be participating in part of the program remotely from Germany.

Magnum Foundation was founded in 2007. Susan Meiselas is the President, Kristen Lubben is the Executive Director and Emma Raynes is the Director of Programs.

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