People who think in unconventional ways are not very comfortable to be with. And journalists who take high risks to be able to cover violations of human rights, abuse of power or corruption by using images, text and sounds are just like that. At the photokina 2006 Reporters without Borders presents a photo exhibition out of its actual photo album titled "QUER. Photos for Press Freedom 2006".
In this year’s edition, "Quer", we present photographers whose artworks defy our habits of visual perception and expectations either by their photographic techniques or by their choice of topics. These images not only challenge what we see or what we are able to see but also question our views of the world.
Zwelethu Mthethwa playfully attacks the role model of black women in modern South Africa. Martha Rosler is focusing on the role of the mass media using as an example the war on Iraq daily waging in the ideal world of ordinary livingrooms. Felicia Webb picks out as a central theme the common (self)definition of ill or healthy. Antonín Kratochvíl is demonstrating the impact the oil trade between Nigeria and China has on the Niger-Delta. Kadir van Lohuizen is confronting us with the death row of Huntsville. Alec Soth displays a general picture of the unconventional ways or concepts people living at the Mississippi indulge in. Destiny Deacon is dealing with Australian aboriginies and their questions of identity. Melanie Wiora is giving us the possibility of an "alterated view".
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS DEFENDS IMPRISONED JOURNALISTS AND PRESS FREEDOM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IT HAS NINE NATIONAL SECTIONS (AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CANADA, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, SPAIN, SWEDEN AND SWITZERLAND). IT HAS REPRESENTATIVES IN BANGKOK, LONDON, NEW YORK, TOKYO AND WASHINGTON. AND IT HAS MORE THAN 120 CORRESPONDENTS WORLDWIDE.