Voices on the Rise : Afghan Women Making the News

Journey to the heart of Afghanistan today
Through its new exhibition, dorothy’s gallery offers you, in collaboration with the Embassy of Afghanistan, a journey in several movements through contemporary Afghanistan.

After an international tour, “Voices On The Rise” presents, for the first time in France, photographs of Afghan women in the exercise of their professions. True revolutionaries, they are the new face of a people working to rebuild their country and fighting for a more just society.

From humor to provocation: views of contemporary artists on a changing country
In addition to this photo? Report, contemporary artists, Afghan and international, offer us their views, sometimes humorous, satirical, even disruptive, on this changing country. Through their photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings or digital paintings, they confront their visions in a new and engaged exercise.

More than an exhibition: an interaction and an immersion in Afghan culture
Finally, the latest works are presented in a tent fitted out with Afghan atmospheres for a total immersion of the visitor.
More than a simple exhibition, the gallery therefore offers you a true cultural adventure which will also be punctuated by lively interventions. Dance, music, tasting, discussions and conferences will punctuate this discovery of Afghanistan.

A rich and varied cultural program
March 4, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m .: press and private opening, tasting, music
March 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m .: public opening with intervention of the artists, tasting, music
March 8, 6 pm – 9 pm: celebration of International Women’s Day, screening of “Lisa, Afghan transvestite” in the presence of the director Barmak AKRAM
March 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: screening of “L’enfant de Kabul” (7 p.m.) followed by an exchange with director Barmak AKRAM
March 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m .: conference by Aman MOJADIDI, culture & heritage director at Turquoise Mountain, NGO whose objective is the protection of artistic and historical remains of Afghanistan, on the theme of contemporary artistic practices in the context of war, as well as on the public and political role of art.
The exhibition will be officially opened on March 4 and 5, by His Excellency Omar Samad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to France, as well as by the two exhibition curators, Khorshied Samad and Jane McElhone. Dorothy Polley, director of the gallery, will be the host.

At the origin of the exhibition: strong news
The voices of Afghan women are rising louder than ever before
It is against a background of profound change that the exhibition takes place, offering a look at a major period in the history of Afghanistan.
Since 2004, the Afghan constitution has protected the rights of women and respect for their opinions. However, the weight of traditions is still very present and the effects are still not very noticeable. The stakes are therefore enormous, and the efforts required for the full integration of women into civil society are still very numerous. This is why, in the face of these challenges, the voices of Afghan women are rising louder than ever.

In this struggle for the sustainability of the young Afghan democracy, the role of the media is a vital component. Indeed, since 2001 and the removal of the Taliban from power, their number has grown steadily. But these advances are now threatened by anti-democratic resurgences and the insecurity caused by Taliban insurgents and Al-Qaeda.

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