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Forsaken – Images documenting the realities of life for Afghan women. Movie Theatre ARTIS, Solaris center, Estonia pst. 9, Tallinn, 30 Nov-13 Dec 2009, Mon-Sun 10:00-21:00, free admission
In March 2004 when award-winning photographer Lana Šlezić went on assignment to Afghanistan from her native Canada, she never dreamed she would stay for two years. At the time she believed that since the ousting of the suffocating Taliban in 2001, Afghan women and girls were living under considerably less oppressive conditions.
Overendless cups of tea in sitting rooms from city to village, Lana learned that Afghan women are still living in a harrowingly oppressive society where forced marriage, domestic violence, honor killings and an unpalatable lack of freedom still exist.
Forsaken is a collection of photographs and vignettes, which documents Lana’s journey over the two-year period during which she lived and worked in Afghanistan.
Lana Šlezić was born in 1973 in Toronto to Croatian parents. She has exhibited in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, USA, Germany, Spain, Croatia, France and Turkey and her work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME magazine and many others.
In 2007 she spoke of her experiences in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and Forsaken was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Books of the Year” by American Photo Magazine. Most recently she received the World Press Photo Award for her portrait series on Afghan women.