Dana Popa May 24, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Moldova.
Gynecological examination, International Organization for Migration. Moldova, 2006.
Dana Popa (b. 1977, Romania) completed her master’s degree in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the London College of Communication in 2006. In 2009/2010 Dana Popa exhibited her work at the Impressions Gallery Bradford, UK and Photofusion Gallery, London, UK. In 2007 she received the Jerwood Photography Award and the Jury Prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards.Dana’s photographs are part of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts collection and the Musee d’Elysee collection. Her photographs have been published in: Portfolio, British Journal of Photography, Vrij Nederland, etc. Her latest book project titled Not Natasha was published in 2009. She is represented by Anzenberger Agency, Vienna and Autograph ABP, London.
“This photograph is part of the series Not Natasha which documents the experiences of sex-trafficked women through photography and collected stories. In 2006 I visited Moldova, the poorest country of Europe and at the time the main exporter of sex slaves for as many as forty two destinations. I chose to depict the story of those who escaped sexual slavery and succeeded in returning to their home country. I wanted to see how they managed to live with the traumas they had experienced in a world that knows nothing about their suffering. Eventually, I met seventeen women who survived sex trafficking. I had to be both discreet and protective. These women were still dealing with strong emotional issues.”