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Jan. 22 - March 13, 2010

Jonathan Torgovnik

INTENDED CONSEQUENCES: RWANDAN CHILDREN BORN OF RAPE

Jan. 22 - March 13, 2010

Jonathan Torgovnik

INTENDED CONSEQUENCES: RWANDAN CHILDREN BORN OF RAPE

During the 1994 genocide, over one hundred thousand Rwandan women were subjected to massive sexual violence, perpetrated by members of the infamous Hutu militia groups known as the Interhamwe. Among the survivors, the most isolated are the women who have borne children as a result of being raped. Due to the stigma of rape and “having a child of the militia,” the communities and few surviving relatives of these women have largely shunned them. In February of 2006, Jonathan Torgovnik traveled to East Africa to report on a story for Newsweek, coinciding with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the outbreak of HIV/AIDS. While in Rwanda, he heard the testimony of Odette, a survivor who was raped during the Rwandan genocide, and as a result of the rape had a child and contracted HIV/AIDS. She described how her entire family had been killed, and recounted the terrible abuse she experienced. Odette’s horrific story led Torgovnik to return to Rwanda to work on a personal project about women like Odette, who were the victims of the same heinous crimes and who were left pregnant as a result. Over the next three years, he made repeated visits to photograph these women and their children, and record their heart-wrenching stories. Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape brings together Torgovnik’s powerful stories of these women. The exhibition on view is comprised of twenty-five stunning individual portraits of the women with their children accompanied by their testimonies—intensely personal accounts of the daily challenges they continue to face, and their conflicted feelings about raising a child who is a reminder of horrors endured.

Jonathan Torgovnik

INTENDED CONSEQUENCES: RWANDAN CHILDREN BORN OF RAPE

Jan. 22 - March 13, 2010
Exhibition Opening
Friday Jan. 22nd, 5pm – 7pm
Panel Discussion
Saturday 23rd, 10am – 12pm
Presentation
Friday Feb. 5th, 5pm – 5pm
Film Screening
Friday Feb. 5th, 7pm – My Neighbor My Killer
Artist Lecture
Friday Feb. 19th, 4pm – 5pm
Film Screening
Friday Feb. 19th, 7pm – The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldier

The pairing of these exhibitions is intended to highlight humanitarian crises in two troubled African nations. In an effort to familiarize our audiences with aspects of history that do not often receive in-depth attention in conventional media, these exhibitions serve as examples of the College of Charleston’s campus-wide commitment to the discussion of international issues. The Halsey Institute will be a drop off for Better World Books for the duration of the exhibition. Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 1,800 college campuses and partnerships with over 2,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 25 million donated books into $7.3 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, they’ve also diverted more than 13,000 tons of books from landfills. The Halsey Institute’s programming is funded in part by a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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