Singing and composing music is an integral part of Donica’s village, as is illustrated in SingSings, a visual/audio slideshow that focuses on a woman named Donica and her relationship to her village in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
I met Donica while documenting marriage ceremonies in the Eastern Highlands in 2005 with my friend and colleague, Gina Knapp, who had previously conducted phd research in the Eastern Highlands. Knapp introduced me to Donica who quickly became a great friend and the focus of my photography and audio interests.
SingSings is part of a larger visual project that I hope to continue working on as long as I know Donica and am able to document her life.
Katie Englert teaches online anthropology courses at Northern Kentucky University. She received her MA at the Australian National University in 2005 and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, documenting everyday life. You can view her work at http://katieenglert.com or contact her at email@example.com