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The exhibition IN AFGHANISTAN takes us into the lives of American soldiers stationed at a remote military outpost. It examines the ongoing challenges faced by Afghan women and tells the story of three brave girls from Kabul who wish to change the society they live in.

This is the first time that prize-winning photographers Tim Hetherington and Lynsey Addario have exhibited together.

The British war photographer Tim Hetherington’s photo series Infidel provides a rare portrait of masculinity, camaraderie and vulnerability among American infantry soldiers. For nine months in 2007 Hetherington lived side by side soldiers at a base in the remote Korengal valley. Tim Hetherington was killed during a grenade attack in Libya in April 2011.

The American photographer Lynsey Addario’s photo series Veiled Rebellion is an intimate and personal portrait of women’s lives in a patriarchal society. Addario has photographed women in Afghanistan for 11 years. Veiled Rebellion has never previously been featured in an exhibition.

Anders Sømme Hammer and Christoffer Næss work with three girls in Kabul who want to change their society. Using hand-held cameras, the girls document their lives in the Kabul Cards video documentaries. Hammer received the Freedom of Expression Foundation prize 2011 for his independent and critical coverage of the war in Afghanistan.

IN AFGHANISTAN shows different aspects of a country we have heard much about, without really knowing much. It concludes with the mini-exhibition Hope in the Nobel Peace Center’s educational room, where Afghan children have photographed what the word Hope means to them.

I spent some hours at the exhibition last Saturday, because I had to take a break to absorbe my emotional reaction. This exhibition is great and painfull!

In Afghanistan is made in collaboration with the photo agencies Panos Pictures and VII Photo Agency. Infidel is exhibited courtesy of Foto8 gallery London and the Estate of Tim Hetherington.

Harry Hardie, on behalf of Panos Pictures, curated the Hetherington’s and Addario’s photo series for the Nobel Peace Center exhibition. See him talk about the photographs in this video:

 

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