Rena Effendi

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality: Azerbaijan
Biography: Rena Effendi’s early work focused on oil industry’s effects on people’s lives.  As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work was published in 2009 in... read on
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The Alexia 2018 Professional Winner is Rena Effendi
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Apr 10, 2018
Very honored and grateful to be selected as this year's Alexia Foundation professional grant winner with my work from Spirit Lake, North Dakota. My project examines the effects of trauma perpetuated by the recurrent sexual abuse on Spirit Lake reservation and the role of traditional healing practices in overcoming pain.

Thank you Alexia Foundation and the brave people of Spirit Lake for your trust!

Also thanks to judges MaryAnne Golon/ The Washington Post, Adriana Teresa Letorney /Visura, Zun Lee and Mike Davis /Syracuse for selecting my work. 


Also by Rena Effendi —


My latest work from Baku in National Geographic Travel:

By Rena Effendi — This Ancient Silk Road City Is Now a Modern Marvel Prismatic and enigmatic, Baku, Azerbaijan, remains..

Latest project documenting wedding rituals in rural Bangladesh for

By Rena Effendi — It Takes a Village: Weddings in Rural Bangladesh In two Bengali villages, families come together for..
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