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BITTER HARVEST

 

SEEDS for LIFE – BIOPHILIA Over the past decade, Argentina became the world’s third largest soya producer revitalizing its economy and recovering from the financial crash that hit the country in 2001. However, there are doubts as to the sustainability of soya expansion; the downside of the transgenic boom is worrying and raised serious concerns about public health and environmental degradation. Bitter Harvest was developed for BIOPHILIA’s first awareness campaign SEEDS for LIFE, and was featured on National Geographic Magazine.

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ARGENTINE IDENTITIES

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INTRODUCING BIOPHILIA Argentina is a promised land blessed with incredible beauty and potential. These series were produced by BIOPHILIA — a startup B-Corp based in the U.S. that fosters fair trade, regenerative agriculture and conscious consumption — to introduce a few indigenous communities of small-scale farmers. The story was featured on National Geographic Magazine.

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JASY PORA PATAGONIA

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NARCO STATE  An international network led by Latin American drug cartels and the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah has chosen West Africa, among the poorest and more corrupted corners of the world, as the nexus for illegal trade in cocaine, oil, counterfeit medicines, pirated music and human trafficking. International law enforcement officials say the profits fuel terrorist activities worldwide.

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HEZBOLLAH AND AL QAIDA THE LATIN AMERICAN CONNECTION
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A GANGSTER’S PARADISE COCAINE’S OTHER FACE

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CHILD SACRIFICE Child sacrifice in Uganda is a phenomenon that has embedded itself within traditional customs but that bears no genuine relationship to local culture. The appeal to “cultural beliefs” is actually an excuse used by witchdoctors to justify their crimes, and by the Ugandan government to avoid taking action. Most victims are children. Behind the torture, mutilation and killing of the victims lies just one single cause: money.

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DYING for TREATMENT Sub-Saharan Africa, the poorest region on Earth, is a place where more than 600,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth every year due to lack of proper care and only 30 percent of the population has access to health care at all. The situation in Guinea-Bissau is among the worst in the region. In the capital, Bissau, there is only one working, equipped surgery room. One in eight women die giving birth and babies often don’t survive the first two days of their lives.

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BIOPHILIA

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NOORDERLICHT  The term “Biophilia” was first used by Erich Fromm to describe the psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive, and literally means love for life or living systems. The Biophilia Hypothesis was a step beyond; Edward O. Wilson introduced it in 1984, suggesting an instinctive, subconscious bond between human beings and other living systems. Wilson concludes that the deep relationship between humans and nature is rooted in our biology. Human preferences towards natural things, while refined through experience and culture, are hypothetically the product of biological evolution. In other words, our natural love for life helps sustain life itself.

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PLACEBO

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54th VENICE BIENNALE  Placebo is a journey through darkness, a travelogue of Vernaschi’s immersion into a sensual, introspective search. Through a series of dreamlike and real excursions he illustrates this transformation from confusion to clarity. Boundaries crumble as he pushes himself, using photography as a divining rod to direct him to the centre of his subconscious where silence and isolation are balanced against frenetic fury. The self-indulgence of existential questioning is embedded deep within the work, light trails through the images, creating a surrealistic stage on which his subjects shimmer and glow.

Peggy Sue Amison – Curator

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BIO

Marco Vernaschi has produced a wide range of projects ranging from investigative journalism and wildlife conservation, to social documentary and fine arts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the World Press Photo, and was invited to join The Photo Society in 2015.

Marco worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Central and South America shaping a variety of in-depth investigations, essays and awareness campaigns. Through the past two decades, Marco partnered with several organizations including the United Nations, the Pulitzer Center and National Geographic, among others.

Marco Vernaschi is the founder of BIOPHILIA,  a startup B-Corp dedicated to building a fair and sustainable food system, for which he produced Seeds For Life, an awareness campaign about the human and environmental cost of GMO agriculture in Argentina, and a story featuring some of the most representative indigenous communities living in that country.

Marco developed for the Pulitzer Center a set of three projects, including Narco State, a major investigation on narco-terrorism in West Africa, Dying for Treatment, an awareness campaign on reproductive health in the Sub-Saharan region and, in 2010, Child Sacrifice, exposing organ trafficking and ritual murder in Uganda. Through the previous years, Marco developed an essay on the aftermath of cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia, and he produced a set of stories with focus on wildlife trafficking and crime working in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Indonesia and India in collaboration with the CITES (United Nations). He also contributed to a number of surveys and essays partnering with ICTE, WCS, FFI and BVAR in Madagascar and Belize.

During 2011-13 Marco released two fine art projects that were featured worldwide in several museums, private collections and art venues, including the Venice Biennale, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) and Tokyo Institute of Photography.

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AWARDS & HONORS

World Press Photo Award 2010 – 1st Prize – GN Stories
PGB Photo Award 201 0 – “Best Picture of the Year” – 1st Prize
PGB Photo Award 2010 – “Picture Story of the Year” – 1st Prize
ASME Award 2011 (finalist)
PULITZER Center Grantee 2008 – 2010
Lens Culture International Exposure Award 2009 – 1st Prize
ICP Infinity Award in Photojournalism 2010 (finalist)
SONY PHOTO AWARD 2010 – Current Issues
ODP Award for Human Values 2009
FIP – Photographer of the Year 2004
Nando Peretti Foundation Grantee 2002-04

REPRESENTATION

THE PHOTO SOCIETY – D.C., UNITED STATES

STAIN GALLERY  – Stockholm, SWEDEN

72 GALLERY – Tokyo, JAPAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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