This beautiful and moving set of images, Act of Resilience by Marta Tucci (in collaboration with Foto8) explores the changing gender roles of the women of the Rohingya of Burma, one of “the most persecuted, vulnerable and forgotten ethnic minorities in the world”.
The cultural and historical roles and constructions of ‘family’ and ‘society’, disintegrate in the presence of conflict, through the loss of male figures in combat and mass movements of people fleeing. Whilst not necessarily more vulnerable conflict affects the life of women in a fundamentally different, gendered, way. Women are “forced to assume new responsibilities, roles, strength of character and resilience”. Tucci documents this through a series of stills out together in a video. Her mixture of posed subdued environmental portraits in the refugee camp and more candid photographs and landscapes make for a moving and through providing collection of images, made even more poignant by the accompanying music and sad story of Janna Ara narrated over the top.
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Photograph by Marta Tucci (copyright)