RAWA Photo Exhibition in New York
September 13 - December 1, 2002

RAWA photo exhibit in NY RAWA photo exhibit in NY

Aftermath: Reflections on the Anniversary of September 11

In recognition of the first anniversary of September 11, the International Center of Photography presented three exhibitions to express the role photography played in disseminating information, shaping opinion, and commemorating loss. Aftermath presented three projects to reflect different facets of photography's uses in the face of such devastation-Under the Veil: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan; Bill Biggart: Final Exposures; and Jeff Mermelstein: Ground Zero September 11, 2001. The exhibition took place at 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, from September 13 through December 1, 2002.

Under the Veil: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), an exhibition in association with WorldPictureNews, is a selection of photographs taken illegally --at the risk of death-- by women's rights activists in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. RAWA was founded in Kabul in 1977 (by Meena, who was assassinated in 1987) as an independent political and social organization of Afghan women fighting for human rights and social justice, and was directly involved in the war of resistance against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Since the fall of the pro-Soviet regime in 1992, the focus of the political struggle has been against fundamentalism and the misogynist orientation of the Taliban regime. In response to the stifling of women's voices and role in public life, the members of RAWA resorted to photographing the atrocities of the Taliban regime from under their burqas, using both still and video cameras. ICP will show a selection of these images that illustrate the everyday plight of women under the Taliban, violence against the Afghan citizens, and the political activism of RAWA. Almost all of the images date before September 11, 2001, allowing the audience to witness the political events leading to the subsequent US military involvement in Afghanistan.

International Center of Photography (ICP)
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York

RAWA photo exhibit in NY
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