Vlad Sokhin

Mount Hagen, Western Highlands P, Papua New Guinea

A Polaroid image of a boy playing with a tyre in Mount Hagen. He is playing where a 20-year-old woman, Kepari Leniata, was burned alive on6 February 2013. Kepari was tortured after being accused of using black magic to kill a young boy from her settlement. I visited this spot two weeks after Kepari's death. A couple of local women were selling betel nut there. Within five minutes the place became crowded. Lots of people came to see what the white man wanted. I asked kids if they had seen the torture. This boy told me that he was near when people 'cooked sanguma merry' (sanguma is Pidgin for witch). I wanted to ask him more questions, but people started shouting at me. They pushed me back to the vehicle, asking me to leave, saying that it was not a white man's business.Photographer Vlad Sokhin says: 'With words and Polaroid images I kept a record of my thoughts and impressions, writing down dialogues with victims and perpetrators, and otherwise capturing the moments and events that surrounded me every day'.

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Vlad Sokhin
Mount Hagen, Western Highlands P
Papua New Guinea
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39.62 x 26.41 cm (300 dpi)
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