“Unsettled/Desasosiego” explores the impact that 20 years of repression, violence and trauma have had on Central American youth. Gangs, the default ‘law and order’ target are socially despised. Yet their flawed or immature personal choices are mirrored by social and political decisions with which the broader society is complicit. Monogragph of 105 duotone photographs with text by the author University of Texas Press in April 2013
"Sharing Secrets" A portfolio and exhibition documenting the lives of Central American and Colombian women and children living with AIDS, surviving as sex workers, or struggling with the scars of war. They carry a burden of fear and stigma that leaves them seeking a safe environment in which they can share their secrets. First travelled in the Moving Walls 12 Exhibition Series sponsored by the Open Society Foundations and until January 2013 installed at OSF offices in New York. Eleven archival inkjet prints installation ready: 1 20 x 24 (vertical) braced mounted on sintra laminated, 10 22 x 15 (horizontal) braced mounted on sintra and laminated
Donna DeCesare is an author, freelance documentary photographer and educator known for her groundbreaking photographic coverage of the spread of US gangs in Central America. Her photographs and testimonies from children in Guatemala and Colombia who are former child soldiers, survivors of abuse or the stigma of HIV have assisted UNICEF in developing protocols for photographing children at risk. Her current documentary project focuses on community and environment in South America.
Among Ms. De Cesare’s recognitions are awards for her photographic reporting from Pictures of the Year, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Mother Jones Fund for Social Documentary Photography as well as fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Fulbright Foundation. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in major museum and private collections.
Her book Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs is both a memoir and a visual history of her experiences in Central America and Los Angeles. This book in combination with her long history of reporting on Latin America earned Ms De Cesare the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award for Journalism contributing to Inter-American Understanding in October 2013. The Cabot is the oldest existing prize for international reporting and is hosted by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in NY.
Donna De Cesare is a consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the master teachers for the Garcia Marquez Foundation for a New Journalism which trains young and mid career visual journalists in Latin America.
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