Finding Freedom in the Water

"In 2016, I began photographing my ongoing project, Finding Freedom in the Water, which bears witness to women and girls in Zanzibar learning to swim, an act of emancipation. This proposal focuses on an in-depth, visual narrative of these women and girls, revealing the broader and the more intimate context of their daily lives.” – Anna Boyiazis

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    A young woman learns to float on Nov. 24, 2016 in the Indian Ocean off of Nungwi, Zanzibar. From the long-term project, Finding Freedom in the Water.

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    Swim instructor Chema snaps her fingers as she disappears underwater on Dec. 28, 2016 in Nungwi, Zanzibar. From the long-term project, Finding Freedom in the Water.

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    Kijini Primary School students learn to float, swim, and perform rescues on Oct. 25, 2016 in the Indian Ocean off of Muyuni, Zanzibar. From the long-term project, Finding Freedom in the Water.

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    Swim instructor Siti, 24, helps a girl float on Nov. 17, 2016 in the Indian Ocean off of Nungwi, Zanzibar. From the long-term project, Finding Freedom in the Water.

About Anna Boyiazis

Anna Boyiazis is an American documentary photographer based between Southern California and East Africa. Her areas of focus include human rights, public health, and women and girls’ issues. Her long-term project, Finding Freedom in the Water —a 2019 Prix Pictet Nominee and 2018 World Press Photo Award recipient —was included in the DYSTURB #WomenMatter campaign against violence toward women (Preus Museum, Norway), History In A Moment (Monroe Gallery, Paris Photo New York), and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (National Portrait Gallery, London). Anna is a contributing photographer for ESPN, GEO, Médecins Sans Frontières, National Geographic, and UNICEF. She has been a guest speaker at the Austrian Parliament (Vienna), Festival für zeitgenössische Kunst (Basel), UCLA Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), World Press Photo Exhibition (Montréal/ Vienna), and World Press Photo Festival (Amsterdam). Anna earned an MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BA from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

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