Unseen Venezuela

“Unseen Venezuela” reflects on Meridith Kohut’s fierce determination to document stories from this region that might otherwise go unreported or unnoticed. From the hunger crisis and medicine shortages to the escalating street violence and illegal gold rush, Kohut examines the shared humanity among us; connecting viewers with people embroiled in one of the country’s most deadliest and dire crises.

Featuring: Meridith Kohut

Presented by

Chris Hondros Fund

Curated by

Todd Heisler and Christina Piaia

From the rise of Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution to its collapse into the worst economic crisis in the history of Venezuela, photojournalist Meridith Kohut has chronicled the plight of Venezuelans for the past decade.

This exhibit reflects on Kohut’s fierce determination to document stories from this region that might otherwise go unreported or unnoticed. From the hunger crisis and medicine shortages to the escalating street violence and illegal gold rush, Kohut examines the shared humanity among us; connecting viewers with people embroiled in one of the country’s most deadliest and dire crises.

As this year’s Chris Hondros Fund (CHF) & Getty Images’ awardee, Kohut’s photography fosters CHF’s mission to bring to light shared human experiences. By creating a visual history of one of the most important news stories of our time, Kohut examines the intimate lives of those living among a most violent and tragic strife, in the hopes of provoking thought, raising awareness, and fostering understanding.

ARTIST BIO

Meridith Kohut is an award-winning American photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela, where she has worked covering Latin America for the foreign press since 2007. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Meridith has produced in-depth photo essays about the rise and collapse of Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution in Venezuela, the drug trade in Bolivia, Cuba’s transition, gang violence in El Salvador, refugee and migration issues in Central America, labor rights and cholera outbreaks in Haiti, prostitution in Colombia, illegal gold mines and human rights abuses in Venezuela, and prison overcrowding in El Salvador, among others.

ORGANIZATION BIO

The Chris Hondros Fund was established to honor Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros who covered most of the world’s conflicts since the late 1990s, including those in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. He was killed April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misurata, Libya.

The Fund seeks to continue and preserve Hondros’ distinctive ability to bring a visual history of shared human experiences into the public eye.

To this end, the Fund supports and advances the work of photojournalists who espouse Hondros’ legacy and vision, and raises awareness and educates the public of the issues facing photojournalists reporting from conflict areas around the world.

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