Bali is a tropical vacation paradise. It hosts 3+ million foreign visitors per year. In 2010, the magazine Travel and Leisure named it the Best Island in the World. But there is a dark side to Bali that few tourists ever see. People with mental illness are chained and locked up by their family members, often in shocking conditions.
From a total population of 253 million, approximately 20 million people in Indonesia have mental illness. Because mental illness remains associated with evil—or even demon possession—the sick are chained and kept deep in the jungle or forest, far away from human contact.
Exhibition of all 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents: Barcelona, October 13-31
Christian Werner's work, along with photographs from ALL the LensCulture Emerging Talents will be shown in an exhibition at the Galeria Valid Foto in Barcelona. Please join us for the opening party on October 13, 2014—we hope to see you there! See a preview of ALL the winners here in LensCulture.
ALL winners have already been featured at photo festival screenings in Dublin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Amsterdam so far this year. Next screening in Korea at the Seoul Lunar Photo Fest.