Curator Selection / 2023 / /

Marsiyo's House

07/23/2022_Muji,age 28 is back at “Marsiyo's House", a long-care private healing center for persons with a real or perceived mental health condition. I first met Muji there in 2019. He told me he was "hungry, very hungry". He explained that his "brain is not good, but shackling violates Human Rights." Marsiyo, the owner aged 90's, believes fasting and contact with soil leads to healing. One shackled man's solution is to eat bugs. There is no apparent shortage of food or snacks in the kitchen for the "healed" residents judged able to work unshackled. Some have been abandoned by their families.

Andrea Star Reese is a photojournalist based in New York.
Reese’s photographs from her ongoing series DISORDER used by Human Rights Watch and local NGO's garnered widespread media attention on the issue of shackling and confinement of people with mental health conditions in Indonesia.
Her reportage helped to build national and international pressure resulting in systemic change on the ground.
URBAN CAVE, a seven-year documentary on unsheltered persons living underground in New York City resulted in a 2015 photo book published by FotoEvidence with text written by Reese and the people depicted.

2016 Lucie Award Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year_DISORDER
2016 The Berlin Foto Biennale_Documentary Award: Best Portfolio on Human Rights_ DISORDER
2016 IPA 1st Place Professional, Deeper Perspective_ DISORDER
2016 Two Julia Margaret Cameron Awards_FIRST Overall_ DISORDER and URBAN CAVE
2014 David Pike Excellence in Journalism Award, photography category_ URBAN CAVE
2011 Finalist POYI_ Picture of the Year World Understanding_URBAN CAVE
2010 Nominated VISA POUR l'IMAGE_ Visa d’or Feature URBAN CAVE
2010 reGeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today_ Musee de l'Elysee
2009 Best Social Documentary New York Photo Awards_URBAN CAVE
2008 Les Visas de L’ANI_URBAN CAVE
2008 ASMP Judges Choice Award_ URBAN CAVE
2010 FELLOWSHIP:_New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

Photographs from URBAN CAVE are in the Musee de l'Elysee permanent collection

2008 Eddie Adams Workshop: A Workshop Award

1996_ Unsettled Dreams_ Producer, Director, ScreenWriter, Editor
1996 Mostra Sao Paulo Int Film Festival.
1996 Kiev Int Film Festival
1996 International due Cinema da Figueira da Foz _ HONORABLE MENTION
1996 Sinking Creek Film/Video Festival_ HONORABLE MENTION
1996 Central Florida Film &Video Festival_BEST FEATURE FILM
1996 The Philadelphia International Film Festival Philafilm 96, BEST OF FESTIVAL
1996 The Philadelphia International Film Festival Philafilm 96, BEST FEATURE FILM

1996 screenings: IMZ Dance screen; Video Grand Prix Dance; American Dance Festival

1990_ Dance Theater Workshop’s "First Light Grant" from The Jerome Foundation. For the film elements of "SURVEILLANCE "a Multimedia Dance Work/ Donald Byrd/The Group