andrea star reese, runner up of the may 2017 edition

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Andrea Star Reese is a Visura GUILD photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta. In 2016 Ms Reese received The Lucie Award_Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year for her ongoing documentary Disorder. Other recognitions include: International Photography Award, 1st place Deeper Perspective/Pro_ Disorder ; IPA Honorable Mention, Documentary Book/Pro_Urban Cave; The Berlin Foto Biennale Documentary Award (4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography): Best Portfolio on Human Rights for Disorder ; and aJulia Margaret Cameron Award for both Disorder and Urban Cave. In 2017 photographs were included in American Photography 33. Most recently Reese contributed to The First One Hundred Days, an International Center of Photography Museum window projection.

 Andrea Star Reese with Steve McCurry and fellow winners of the 4th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, sponsor of the Biennial Grant.

Andrea Star Reese with Steve McCurry and fellow winners of the 4th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, sponsor of the Biennial Grant.

Project Statement, Disorder

DISORDER, 2011-2016 (ongoing) is a documentary photo-reportage concerning abuse against people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia. Images from Disorder were used by Human Rights Watch in their 2016 report LIVING IN HELL and as part of the HRW Break The Chains Campaign against shackling. Disorder was first exhibited and screened at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, and Angkor Photo Festival in 2013.

Andrea Star Reese on Disorder: 'While my primary focus is continuing to document (visiting and revisiting) men and women with psychosocial disabilities currently held in "pasung" (shackled or caged) my project will not be complete without photographing some individuals struggling with mental disorders that are not being restrained, but who suffer nonetheless. I also feel it is essential to include people who have been successfully treated. This is especially true because the stigma surrounding the label "crazy" prevents countless Indonesians from seeking help from mental healthcare professionals. Jobs are lost when workers under treatment are outed. Because basic information is lacking throughout the country, I will develop a set of informational posters designed for community clinics as well as local aid organizations. Eventually a simple PSA developed for broadcast use can be accomplished at a low cost in Indonesia using my images and video portions already filmed. As long as reform remains sluggish or stalled I remain a photojournalist reporting on an issue that in Indonesia has come to rest on the edge of a window of opportunity and sits there waiting Pasung is the Indonesian term for shackling. It can also refer to being kept in chains, stocks or locked in a room, cell, or pen. Initially banned in 1977, pasung is the widespread traditional response to mental disorders throughout Indonesia and it is an act of desperation. Caregivers resort to pasung when they cannot afford care, fear medications and addiction, want to avoid the stigma attached to a diagnosis of mental illness or most commonly, feel it is necessary to protect family, community, as well as the disturbed individual. Indonesia is estimated to have over 19 million people with psychosocial disabilities.'