Misha Vallejo

This project documents the daily life in the indigenous Kichwa community of Sarayaku, in the Ecuadorian Rainforest. It is located on the banks of the Bobonaza and Rotuno Rivers in the Pastaza Province.

Their philosophy, called Kawsak Sacha, states that in the rainforest everything has life and has relation to each other. For them, nature balance is really important because every kind of ecosystem has a vital role. People, animals, plants, land, water and wind – everything is related and if something gets damaged it will affect and probably destroy the rest. In 2012 the community won a lawsuit against the Ecuadorian Government at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights because the state sponsored oil exploration expeditions in Sarayaku territory without their consent. Despite that, the government has recently concessioned again part of their territory to Chinese oil companies; therefore the environmental fight is far from over. The Sarayaku people defy the contemporary system by living their lives as they have been doing for the past hundreds of years.






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Who? Misha Vallejo

From Ecuador

Docking January 17 - Februari 7 2019

Working on Secret Sarayaku

About Climate change


Misha Vallejo was born in 1985 in Riobamba, Ecuador. 

Misha is a photographer whose work lies between documentary and art photography. In 2014 he completed his MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and in 2010 he finished the St. Petersburg Faculty of Photojournalism in Russia. He works as a freelance photographer since 2010 and is a member of the photography collective Runa Photos since 2012













Faiham Ebna Sharif

Cha Chakra is the long term documentary photography research project on Tea. I started the project in 2015, when I was visiting a tea garden in north eastern corner of Bangladesh to cover a workers’ protest. The workers were protesting a government move to seize agricultural land for an economic zone, which they had been cultivating crops for generations. During the visit, I shared food and stayed with a worker family for few days in the labor colony. I was moved experiencing their simple life that is closely attached with their decaying cultural and religious tradition. But I was also distressed seeing the high price that the workers pay for our cup of tea. I decided to tell the story.  
Tea, apparently known as a Chinese drink came to Bangladesh through colonial trade in 1840s. The workers were migrated with deception by the tea plantation owners from different part of undivided India. In Bangladesh, now the community has grown up to a million, where there are almost 80 different ethnic communities. 10% of the workers has permanent job in the plantation, who gets just over a dollar a day (102 taka) and 70% of them are women. Poor access to education, healthcare and sanitation system, lack of safety at work, gender discrimination and most of all, extremely low wages ‐ all these exploitations complement a theoretical framework of the cheapest bonded labour who produce the most consumed drink of the world.  

Cha Chakra aims to give light to the untold stories of these workers. It is not a story of exploitation only, rather it intends to explore the inherent power of resistance that the workers are showing through their agrarian culture. Cha Chakra is about the relationship that a plant has with its care givers.  The project also aims to inform people about the phenomenon, which hardly get place in the mainstream or independent media and raise awareness about it.

The project was supported by Magnum Foundation and The Documentary project Fund.

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Who? Faiham Ebna Sharif

From Bangladesh

Docking Februari 11 - March 7

Working on Cha Chakra: Tea Tales of Bangladesh

About Human rights

Faiham Ebna Sharif is a freelance researcher and photographer. He finished his honors and master’s in international Relations from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Then he took up a diploma on Photography in Counter Foto, a photography school in Bangladesh where he is an adjunct faculty now. Faiham started his journalism career as a reporter in a local Television Channel. He had worked with local electronic medias and contributes for national and international outlets. He has experience of working in feature films, documentaries. His work had been exhibited in Bangladesh, USA and selected for Addis Photo Fest to be held in December 2018.

He received magnum foundation fund and the documentary project fund for his long-term project on tea. Faiham was also a fellow of Dutch Visitors program on Human Rights and a visiting artist at Harvard University.










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