Entry Title: "Marapi's Breath"
Name: Andrea Star Reese , United States
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective|Photo Essay and Feature Story|Other_ED, Non-Professional


Entry Description: As November ended and December began the displaced residents of the still active Merapi Volcano circumvented roadblocks to check on the devastation and began to clean up what was left of their homes. High up on the Selo side, which was not, damaged by the eruption, a community took on its responsibility to help with the healing by practicing a centuries old tradition.

Story: When the Volcano Merapi erupted in Yogyakarta Indonesia, in November 2010, Mbah Maridjan who was appointed by the Sultan to protect Merapi, died in his home from the hot gasses in the course of his duties as the Volcano's protector. As November ended and December began the displaced residents of the still active volcano remained housed in various refugee centers around Yogyakarta. Despite restrictions to the danger zone, some residents circumvented roadblocks to check on the devastation and began to clean up what was left of their homes. At Malam Satu Suro, first suro (Moslem New Year) night Yogyakarta honored Merapi, an important yearly tradition. High up on the Selo side, which was not, damaged by the eruption, a community took on its responsibility to help with the healing by practicing a centuries old tradition. About four kilometers from the crater of Merapi the community of Desa Lencoh began their Malam Satu Suro procession to honor Merapi and appease those spirits that troubled the volcano. Bapak Margono leading a small number of men made the four-hour, four-kilometer climb to the still active crater stopping only to pray and drop offerings into the crater.

About the Artist:

Andrea Star Reese is a VISURA photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta. Recent work includes: DISORDER (2011-2016), a five-year documentary reportage on abuse against people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia was first exhibited and screened at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, and Angkor Photo Festival in 2013. In 2016 Images from the essay were used by Human Rights Watch in the 2016 report LIVING IN HELL and as part of the Break The Chains Campaign against shackling.. Disorder was a 2014 finalist for the Manual Rivera-Ortiz Grant and included in American Photography 28: Best pictures from 2011. URBAN CAVE (2007-2014), a seven-year documentary reportage on unsheltered men and women living underground in New York City was first exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image 2010 where it was a Visa d’Or, Feature nominee. In 2015 it was published as a book titled Urban Cave by FotoEvidence. The project received the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism_Photography, and Best Social Documentary from The 2009 New York Photo Festival. Urban Cave was awarded 2nd place from 2014 Kontinent Awards and in 2011, a second place Fotovisura Award. Urban Cave was a finalist for both the 2013 FotoEvidence book award and 2011 POYI: World Understanding Award among other recognitions. Most recently photographs from Urban Cave were exhibited at Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne and are part of the museum’s collection. The series was included in several exhibitions for FotoEvidence and ReGeneration 2 and exhibited at Theory of the Clouds Gallery, Kobe, Japan, and the 2013 Athens Photo Festival. Ms Reese began her career as a filmmaker in 1983 and transitioned to Photojournalism/Documentary Photography in 2007. On staff at the International Center of Photography School, and a tutor at the 2013 Angkor Photo Festival Workshop, Andrea Star Reese is a 2010 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a reGeneration2 photographer. Images from Disorder and Urban Cave have received wide International coverage in print, wire, and media publishing. Published credits include: Al Jazeera, AJ+, CNN, CNN.com, Sidney Morning Herald, BBC News Alerts, The Guardian, Time.com, Huffington Post, El Dario, Goteborgs Posten, Irish Examiner, El CIUdadano, Feature Shoot, Business Insider, Lightbox.time.com, Vogue.It, Kompas, Jakarta Post, Media Indonesia, Neue Zucher Zeitung, Le Monde, Liberation, New York Times Lens Blog, Alternatives Internationales, Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, The Fader, Le Loop, NPR, Fiasco.