Misogyny has blighted our societies for a long time. One artist’s longterm project ‘A History of Misogyny’ has only just begun. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, it could not be more timely.

© Laia Abril, from ‘A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two: On Rape Culture’

Laia Abril’s A History of Misogyny is a multi-sensory historical dialogue about the precariousness of women’s rights and freedoms. Based upon deep research and her own profound understanding of the lived experiences of women, the project melds irrefutable evidence with direct images and personal stories. Abril recently received the Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award, for her project A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two: On Rape Culture.

A History of Misogyny was launched in 2016 with Chapter One: On Abortion at Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival for which Abril created an exhibition featuring a map of consequences of the lack of…

A conversation with artist Anton Kusters about collective memory and making images about the Holocaust

The grid of 42 Blue Skies polaroids, shot at every last known location of the Auschwitz concentration camp and sub camp system, 2012–2018. © Anton Kusters

Belgian photographer Anton Kusters has been working on his ambitious The Blue Skies Project for six years, having visited every single former Nazi concentration camp in Europe. His documentation process relies on location coordinates, incorporates numeric data, and closely follows good weather reports showing the days of blue sky above each of the 1,078 identified locations. In just three Polaroids, at each location, Kusters captured the open sky.

The result is a conceptual installation consisting of 1,078 mounted Polaroids of blue skies supported by a 13-year audio piece created by sound artist Ruben Samama. …

Photo by Doug Bierend

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Organizational shifts at Medium in 2016 left Vantage operating independently and without a budget. Yet, thanks to a great set…

A conversation with Poulomi Basu about documenting cultural violence against women in Nepal, and the responsibilities of image-makers, publishers and audiences in the West

From the series ‘Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile’ © Poulomi Basu.

In parts of Nepal, during menstruation, women are exiled from their homes, villages and all normal social contact. Every month. Every year. The practice is part of a ritual, called Chhaupadi. In her project A Ritual Of Exile, image-maker Poulomi Basu explores the stigmatization of women during their period, and the consequent social, emotional and physical effects on individuals and the community as a whole.

A Ritual Of Exile sheds light on a not widely-known cultural norm. An immersive investigation into the causes and consequences of what amounts to normalized violence against women, perpetrated under the guise of tradition, A…

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