Betty Laura Zapata

Facing Up: Acid Attacks in Colombia
Location: London, United Kingdom
Nationality: Venezuelan
Biography: Betty Laura Zapata is a Venezuelan documentary photographer based in London. She focuses on long-term projects that document social issues, political conflicts, health, immigration and gender violence. Betty completed an MA course in... MORE
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Facing Up: Acid Attacks in Colombia
Copyright Betty Laura Zapata 2024
Date of Work Jan 2014 - Dec 2017
Updated Dec 2019
Location Colombia
Topics Abuse, Documentary, Domestic Violence, Fear, Human Rights, Latin America, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Spotlight, Violence, Womens Rights
Acid Attacks In Colombia amplifies the voice of women surviving from acid attacks and it aims to gain public and political attention needed to affect changes in the law and societal attitudes towards this crime against women. This project offers an intimate view into the complexity of the life-changing and detrimental consequences of acid attacks on women such as undergoing extensive surgery, living in perpetual fear, fighting to bring attackers to justice, and their struggles to find a new place in society.                        

Commonly associated with South Asian countries and communities, this crime is limited by neither geography or culture. According to The Legal Medicine Institute, more than 1000 attacks have been recorded in the last decade in Colombia, by far the highest in the continent. Rarely reported by mainstream media, the victims' voices are often ignored.    

Published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair                                                   
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