Tonia Hauser

individual, Tonia Hauser
Artist Biography:
For over a century people have been widely exposed to photographs documenting war and conflict in countries half a world away. Much less common are intimate, visual updates revealing where those war-torn communities are years after peace is reached. This series of images illustrates a post-war era for tow regions in East Africa- Northern Uganda and Rwanda- both having experienced atrocities where their own countries' people brutally turned on one another. Over a four-month period, I have documented both triumphs and struggles experienced from individuals as well as the larger communities. Though each region's conflict and recovery are different, they share many similarities. Song and dance have played a huge part in the rehabilitation process, uniting their people once again through cultural traditions. Both Uganda and Rwanda have overcome great loss and pain. These are people living and trying to live the best way they know how. We should celebrate in their ability to love and forgive, but not ignore the daily struggle for survival that still exists for so many.