Fear of beauty, the photographic exhibition in Milan


From 8 to 20 March 2022 a Casa EMERGENCYin Milan in Via Santa Croce 19, it will be possible to visit “Fear of beauty”the photographic exhibition that collects the shots of five Afghan photographerscreated in collaboration with the Women Photographers Association.

Portraits of women of different generations intent on their daily lives: some play, some take pictures, some wash the dishes or are portrayed while learning to ride a bicycle; together with a large family or as a couple. There are many and different faces and scenes of life portrayed in the Photo exhibition “Fear of Beauty”, conceived by Dr. Carla Pessina e hosted from 8 to 20 March 2022 at Casa EMERGENCY, in via Santa Croce 19 in Milan. The exhibition, created in collaboration with the Women Photographers Association, presents the works of five Afghan photographers, Mariam Alimi, Roya Heydari, Fatimah Hossaini, Zahara Khodadadi e Najiba Noori. Artists who have left their country to be able to continue pursuing their passion and art.

L’impact of war on status of the woman in Afghanistan it was very strong: destroyed families, displacement, psychological damage, economic impoverishment and violence these are just some of the consequences experienced directly by women on their own skin in these forty years of continuous conflict in the country. And today, with the return of the Taliban to power, the situation for women is even more uncertain.

The works of Mariam Alimi, Roya Heydari, Fatimah Hossaini, Zahara Khodadadi and Najiba Noori that will be exhibited at Casa EMERGENCY show all the everyday life of independent mothers, wives and young women in search of their own space in a country where this is often limited by borders, rules and prohibitions. The exhibition is a journey among gorgeous female close-ups by Fatimah Hossaini, a real challenge to the male chauvinist world; the complexity of Afghan family groups immortalized by Zahra Khodadadi; the landscape reportage by Mariam Alimi, Roya Heydari and Najiba Noori who investigate the condition of women directly in the private and public contexts, indoors and outdoors in which they live.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)[1]in the first half of 2021 the women killed or injured by the conflict accounted for 14% civilian victims of the war (727 women in total, of which 219 killed), and in general 9 out of 10 women have suffered during their lifetime some form of abuse and violence. With the country in the midst of an economic and humanitarian crisis and the addition of the Covid-19 pandemic to aggravate the situation, women and children are suffering the most tragic consequences. Data made available by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)[2]in fact, they show that in June 2021 almost there half of the populationabout 18.4 million peopleit needed humanitarian assistance and protectionand especially women, children and people with disabilities.

A life made even more difficult if, in addition to being a woman, you are also an artist: the prohibitions imposed by the new government prompted musicians, designers, journalists and photographers who feared for their safety and independence to flee abroad.

Days and times

It will be possible to visit the exhibition from 8 to 20 March 2022 in the multipurpose room of Casa EMERGENCY, via Santa Croce 19 in Milan. The exhibition, with free access, will be open Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 19.00 e Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00.

March 15: the presentation of the e-book Afghanistan without peace 2001-2021

Among the events hosted on the occasion of the exhibition, the March 15th at 6:30 pm At E / N Natural Enoteca in via Santa Croce 19, the presentation of the e-book Afghanistan without peace 2001-2021, a collective work that collects articles, documents, analyzes and reports on the conflict in Afghanistan, revealing the human, economic and political costs of the conflict. The book, promoted by the campaign Let’s get unbalanced! and curated by Daniela Musina and Delina Goxho, will be presented by Giuliano BattistonJournalist, Emanuele Giordanajournalist and writer, e Rossella Miccio, president of EMERGENCY. He will moderate the meeting Giampaolo Musumecijournalist of Radio24. On the occasion of the event, the exhibition will remain open until 20.30.

It will be necessary to have a full-cycle vaccination certificate and / or certificate of healing and FFP2 mask according to the current anti Covid-19 regulations in force.

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