Hello, this is @marylisevigneau and I am taking over @iwpa_photo with my awarded series “Article 19” about freedom of expression in Pakistan.
The article 19 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan says: “Freedom of speech: Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defense of Pakistan or any part thereof, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, commission of or incitement to an offence.” These “reasonable” restrictions have often been exploited against different groups of people such as minorities, journalists, human rights activists, atheists, homosexuals, etc. They are interpreted as a freedom to disregard others’ faiths, perceptions, sexuality and opinions. They produce outcasts. Status quo, ruling alliances and so-called decency build a wall around these fabricated pariahs and silence them. In the recent years, the enforcement of Pakistan's blasphemy and criminal defamation laws remain a significant concern, as well as new laws to extend controls over the right to freedom of expression online. Killings and attacks on journalists, media workers and human rights defenders remain endemic and characterized by ongoing impunity.
This story takes place in Lahore and constitutes a series of portraits of people whose way of thinking, living, loving, is obviously against the official Pakistani narrative. People whose life is a fight because they have to hide their opinion, their beliefs or lack thereof, their sexuality, their art, their concerns, joys or sorrows.
After long conversations, these images have been carefully staged to respect the safety and therefore the anonymity of the people pictured. Each of them is named "Noor", a name that means light and is used indifferently for women and men.#religiousintolerance #pakistan #lahore#freedomofexpression #fuckpatriarchy #libertedexpression #canonme #alliancefrancaisedubai #religiousdictatorship #marylisevigneau