The Museum of decorative Art, famous for having surprisingly engaging expositions that have very little to do with home decor, has wowed us once again. This time with the work of Pulitzer Award winner Stephanie Sinclair.
The exhibition, “Demasiado Joven Para Casarse”, turns a critical lens on marriage between young girls and grown men. The practice, sporadically observed in Afghanistan, Yemen, Nepal and other countries, is prohibited by law or social norms yet still exists as a mechanism for avoiding rape or paying debt for countless young women and girls the world over.
The photographer began to notice a disconcerting number of girls committing suicide (seemingly in response to having been married at such an early age) while she was working in an Afghani hospital. Sinclair began to investigate and document this heart wrenching trend and built up a body of work that she ended up presenting to the UN in 2012.
The exposition is not only built around Sinclair’s photographs, rather it situates this troubling trend in a more global context by including information from Argentina about the country’s alarming teen pregnancy rate – a particularly relevant issue as one in six pregnant women is under 20 here in Argentina.
The exhibition has raised awareness as it travelled through countries like Spain, England, Zambia, Finland, Morocco, Sweden, and Lebanon. As a result, Stephanie Sinclair received both a Pulitzer Award and the Word Press Photo Award, but her biggest accomplishment could very well be the solemn honor of serving as the catalyst for the kind of conversations that initiate change.
Museo de Arte Decorativo: Av. del Libertador 1902 – C1425AAS
Entrance: Tuesday to Sunday from 14 to 19
Entrance ticket: $20
Access with public transportation: 10, 21, 37, 38, 41, 59, 60, 67, 92,?93, 95, 102, 110, 118, 130.
Exhibit closes on the 8th