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Curator Statement by Yumi Goto

Seven female photographers living and working in their own places, covering issues affecting their people, cultures, politics and dreams. These are seven female photographers whose work I keep my eyes on. Not only they are women, but they are working in their own space, trying to reach out, trying to raise awareness and interest outside of their community or country. Through the lens, they expose what they witness and share with the subject what they feel. Often their countries’ issues are misinterpreted or exaggerated by foreign media, journalists and photographers. These women are from Nepal, Iraq/Kurdistan, the Philippines, Palestine, Pakistan, India and Indonesia—all culturally difficult areas in which to live and work, for women and photographers.

Yumi Goto is an art and photo documentary project coordinator and curator. Her work has focused on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders through collaboration with local artists and NGOs in areas affected by conflict. Goto has worked as the project manager and research/development director on numerous documentary photography projects about social issues in Asia including HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, human rights in Aceh and refugee issues. She has produced the documentary slideshow presentations and exhibitions that NGOs widely use as direct advocacy tools throughout the region and in Japan.

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