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Afghanistan: Life Beyond the Front Pages

24/11/2019 - 29/12/2019 @ SBK Dordrecht

Pulitzer Prize and World Press Photo winner Massoud Hossaini  brings the first exhibition of the Afghanistan Photographers Association (APA) to the Netherlands. Together with eleven photographers, he redefines Afghanistan in a unique portrait.

After the fall of the regime in Afghanistan, the early emergence of a free press led to a minor photographic revolution. Now that the foreign troops and international media are withdrawing, Afghanistan and its artists, photographers and journalists are again dependent on themselves. United in this exhibition, eleven photographers paint a portrait of a country like we've never seen it before. Afghanistan, Life Beyond the Front Pages tells the stories behind the front pages and off screen of the war scenes. It offers an exceptionally photogenic picture of the struggles and pride of an unstable Afghanistan and shows the unexpected beauty of resilience, perseverance and camaraderie in wartime. The festive opening takes place on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm under the musical accompaniment of Thierry Castel (winner North Sea Jazz Dutch Jazz Competition).

Kabul, Afghanistan. 2013
Naseer Turkmani
Massoud Hossaini
Bamyan, Afghanistan. 2016
Jafar Rahimi
Massoud Hossaini
Afghanistan Shaolin Wushu Shaolin Wushu martial arts students practice on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Massoud Hossaini