Watch an excerpt of the panel discussion on the book and exhibition then on view at Aperture Gallery, "Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape," photographs and interviews by Jonathan Torgovnik. In this clip, Torgovnik explains how he decided to go beyond his editorial project and started documenting over several years these Rwandan women who were subjected to massive sexual violence by members of the infamous Hutu militia groups during the 1994 genocide, and who all bore a child as a result. From these women testimonies all asking for education, Torgovnik co-founded Foundation Rwanda to support the education of these children and provide psychological help for the mothers, using photography and video as powerful tool to raise awareness.
You can watch the panel discussion in its entirety, divided in six different parts, by clicking on these links below:
Commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and coinciding with the exhibition on view, the discussion took place on April 29, 2009 at Aperture Gallery. Panelists included the artist Jonathan Torgovnik; Carl Auerbach, Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University; and Melissa Robinson, Director of Educational Programming of the non-profit organization Kids for Tomorrow. Rwandan women Marie Claudine Mukamabano, a genocide survivor, Rosette Burakari Adera, whose parents were Rwandan refugees and Yvette Rugasaguhunga, read testimonies of the genocide survivors portrayed in the exhibition and book.
This important exhibition and book bring together the powerful portraits and testimonies of Rwandan women who were raped during the genocide and as a result of the rape had children. Fifteen years later, the mothers of these estimated 20,000 children still face enormous challenges, among them, being stigmatized within their communities for bearing a child fathered by a Hutu militiaman; many of them contracted HIV during the same encounters that left them pregnant.