Anne Ackermann

Photographer
 
Beatrice
Location: Speyer
Nationality: Germany
Biography: Anne Ackermann is a documentary photographer based in Germany working worldwide. Her work often focuses on women’s and contemporary issues, touching themes ranging from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery, from... read on
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Beatrice
Credits: anne ackermann
Date of Work: 01/01/12 - 12/31/14
Updated: 11/05/19
A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014.

Beatrice (28) was abducted at the age of 9 and spent close to 11 years in captivity. After serving some time as a babysitter for Joseph Kony’s children she was “married” to a high-rank commander. She then received military training alongside other handpicked women, all wives of senior guerillas, to ensure that they would be able to protect themselves instead of being easy targets in the bush war. Beatrice fought on the frontline with a rocket-propelled grenade on her shoulder and a baby on her back. She suffered various bullet wounds including one that entered her womb and left her infertile.

After escaping she went to stay with her grandmother in their home village of Pajule but her grandmother attempted to kill her twice by setting fire to her hut, believing Beatrice as evil since her “husband” had killed Beatrice’s parents in an attack. Since last summer Beatrice has lived with her two children, Lucky, 7, and Obedi, 5, in Gulu.

She was fortunate to find sponsors and is now enrolled in a tailoring course. It will take 2 years and there are already many tailors in Gulu, but Beatrice remains optimistic that things will somehow work out for her.
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Education Island

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Inclusion in Cameroon

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Portraits

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Gertrude

By Anne Ackermann — Gertrude, Uganda, 2015 In Uganda, giving birth is predominantly a women-only affair. In a society where women have little or nothing to say, giving..
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Full Speed Ladies

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Costumes

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Gloria

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Gloria is a..
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Wakaliwood

By Anne Ackermann — It’s not Hollywood, not Bollywood, not Nollywood, it’s Wakaliwood! Located in the Kampala slum of Wakaliga the movie-obsessed creatives..
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Lake Turkana

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Plastica

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House of Pasha

By Anne Ackermann — My work ‘House of Pasha’ looks at cultural views and expectations on women in Albania using proverbs, song text snippets, and images...
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Christine

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Christine..
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Lady Sharia

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst 2012-2014. Lady Sharia..
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Behind Veils and Walls

By Anne Ackermann — 'Behind Veils and Walls' reveals the lives of female Somali refugees living in exile and the quest for an authentic, meaningful existence in..
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Ladies first!

By Anne Ackermann — In numbers, it looks so beautiful, the new world of gender-equality in Rwanda. 64 % of the members of parliament are women and half of the judges of..
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Gulu Youth

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Youth have..
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Lake Turkana

By Anne Ackermann — Lake Turkana at the utmost north of Kenya is most likely the place where mankind started: In the 1970s paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey found here..
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White Blacks

By Anne Ackermann — This project is about the harmful practice of skin lightening in black African women. Skin lightening has gained terrifying popularity in some..
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