Izabella Demavlys Photography Born in 1978 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives in New York, USA.
Project DescriptionOn the outskirts of Lahore lives Saira. She invited me over to her house one day. As I spent time with her and her family, I was touched by their love and support for her. As her father tearfully leans over to kiss her he tells me. "She is the star of your family."
In the fall of 2009 I left for Pakistan to start a project around acid and kerosene oil burn victims. I worked with a NGO which helps burned women with reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and therapy.
There are currently over 400 women waiting for reconstructive surgery after acid attacks in Lahore, Pakistan. Through the foundation I met one woman, Saira who stood out in particular.
Saira was attacked with acid by her husband after refusing to move in with him. After multiple operations, her face still wears horrific scars and will mark the way people see her for the rest of her life.
My aim with this project is to follow these women through a couple of years while they not only rebuild their faces through surgery but also build the courage, hope, acceptance and self-esteem to continue living a life with a disfigured face.
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