House of Pasha
My work ‘House of Pasha’ looks at cultural views and expectations on women in Albania using proverbs, song text snippets and images.
Purity at the time of marriage traditionally is one of them. In a society which is in transition to a more western oriented lifestyle medical interventions to restore virginity are in demand. They are both legal and done in secret. This first chapter draft looks at the theme of purity and the atmospheres of shame, ideal and deception surrounding it.
This is a work in progress supported by a grant from VG Bildkunst Germany.
Anne Ackermann (1980) is a documentary photographer based in Germany. Her work focuses on women’s and contemporary issues, touching themes from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery from environmental disasters to child marriages.
She's grantee of VG Bildkunst (2012+2017) and Photoreporter Festival, a finalist at the IWPA and Jacob Riis Award, member of FOCUS agency & Women Photograph. Her work appears in publications like GEO, Die Zeit, Stern and has been exhibited at et al. New York Photo Festival, PhotoGrafia Festival Rome, Angkor Photo Festival. She graduated from College of Arts Hamburg and studied photojournalism in Buenos Aires and at DMJX Denmark.