I'm pleased to announce that images from the story on Kurenti, traditional Slovene carnival figures, will be exhibited during the 5th Masq'alors! festival in Saint-Camille, Quebec, Canada. Masq'alors! is the only festival in North-America entirely dedicated to the art of masks. If you're around Quebec between September 21st and 24th, check it out.
This year I again documented staff, residents and friends of The New Jewish Home that participated in NYC Pride March. I had worked with staff and residents during my Hillman Fellowship's project on Elderly Care and it was wonderful to catch up with Barry and some members of the staff. It was the second time The New Jewish Home participated in The March and it looks it might become a tradition. Unfortunately, Doyle, who was the heart of last years group passed away and we marched in his memory. The atmosphere was jubilant and the people along the route loved our group. It's hard to beat marching down the 5th Avenue surrounded by thousands of screaming and flag waving supporters.
#nypride2017 #pridemarch #oldloudproud #javiermunoz #newjewishhome #agelikenewyorkers
I'm glad to be part of an intriguing photography exhibition at CVU-Batana in Rovinj, Croatia. Exhibition "Photographers Abroad" was organized by curator Lavoslava Bencic and it presents works by seven European artists who are creating outside their home country. I'm showing my project on Ugandan LGBT activists. Exhibition is open until July 18, 2017. If you're around Rovinj, which by the way is a beautiful seaside town in Croatia, check it out.
In March issue of National Geographic Slovenia the story about Slovene traditional carnival figures, called kurenti or koranti was published. Koranti date back centuries and the article shines light on their history and modern interpretations. Festivities involving koranti are among the largest in Slovenia, and definitely among the loudest and wildest! The article features also photographs by Arne Hodalic, a legendary Slovene photographer, who captured koranti in snowy conditions. Last year, when I was photographing the events, snow had been long gone... Either climate change is shortening the winters or koranti have been too effective in chasing away the winter!
#Slovenia #kurent #Ptuj #fasenk #korant
I've known and photographed Ugandan inline skaters for years. Now that I'm in NY, I'm still in touch with them and follow their successes and challenges. In December I met the skaters again and photographed their coach Peter Waswa at practice, at work and at home. Through ViewFind, a story-telling platform I collaborate with, Gavin O'Hara, Global Social Media Publisher at Lenovo, learned about Peter's story. He wrote a beautiful piece about Peter and his dreams that was now published on Lenovo's blog.
I'll continue following Peter and his teammates and I hope their Olympic dreams will come true!
Recently my work on e-learning in Rwanda was selected for The Other Hundred Educators book. The Other Hundred is an initiative that brings together 100 thematic stories from all over the world. They publish stories in books that are informative, illuminating and beautifully shot. The last edition gathered pieces about inspiring educators and education initiatives, and I'm glad e-learning in Rwanda is one of the projects featured.
Lately, I've been working with The New Jewish Home, a nursing home with facilities in Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester County in NY. We're building their image library with images of staff, residents and various activities. I'm looking for spontaneous moments that are unfolding around me. It's been an enriching experience; seeing nursing home not as soulless facility, but as a family-like place where elderly spend their time actively and where staff and residents constantly interact.
Some of the images have been published in Magazine, a publication that The New Jewish Home produces bi-annually. The article below describes small houses, a novel concept of living in nursing homes where bedrooms, a living room, dinning area and a kitchen form a house-like unit. It creates a very homely experience for the residents.
#nursinghome #NewYork #elderly #greenhouse
I was recently in Uganda for a short trip. It's always great to see old friends, especially after a way too long absence! On a Saturday afternoon I visited my skating friends at Mandela National Stadium on the outskirts of Kampala. These guys and girls still have speed! And ambitious plans for the future - they want to send a skater to the next winter Olympics. I'll follow their progress next year!