‘The Other Eye on Afghanistan: Photographs by Farzana Wahidy’

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The Department of Art and Design in collaboration with the Center for Creativity and the Arts, present, “The Other Eye on Afghanistan: Photographs by Farzana Wahidy,” opening on Oct. 9 and continuing through 26 in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery in the Conley Art Building.

“The Other Eye on Afghanistan: Photographs by Farzana Wahidy” is a series of photographs taken by Farzana Wahidy in Afghanistan that focus on women, their humanity, beauty, life, hardships and joys. Subject matter range from images of daily life to the devastating effects of war.

Wahidy shared: “I think of photography as an international language. I find it as a way to express myself as women being raised during civil war and Taliban regime and also to share stories of women from my country to the world.”

“The Other Eye on Afghanistan: Photographs by Farzana Wahidy” is an invitation to re-evaluate what we think we know about the life and people of Afghanistan.

The exhibition includes an artist talk from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Peters Business Auditorium, PB 191. The talk will be immediately followed by an artist reception from 5-8 p.m. in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery, Conley Art Building.

Gallery Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CineCulture will screen the film “Frame By Frame” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium of the Student Recreation Center. Wahidy will be the discussant for the screening, which is co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Programs and Services at Fresno State, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center and the Department of Communication.

Wahidy was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 1984.  Her formative years were influenced by the Afghan civil war and the Taliban’s rise to power in 1996. Despite the restrictions on women and education under the Taliban, Wahidy secretly attended an unground school.

After the Taliban was defeated, she enrolled in a two-year program sponsored by the AINA Photojournalism Institute. The AINA Photojournalism Institute empowers and educates Afghans, particularly women and children, in the use of communication and media.

Wahidy has established herself a well-known and respected photojournalist and photographer and has received numerous international awards and recognition. She became the first female Afghan photographer to work at an international wire service when she joined Agence-France Presse and later the Associated Press.

Her photographs have been exhibited in Afghanistan, Canada, the United States, India, Pakistan, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, China and Finland. Most recently, Wahidy has established the Afghanistan Photographers Association, which promotes and advocates for photographers in and outside of Afghanistan.

For additional information, contact Joan Sharma jksharma@csufresno.edu.

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6 thoughts on “‘The Other Eye on Afghanistan: Photographs by Farzana Wahidy’

  1. Wow, looks terrific. Must be a lot of hard work to pull together such a complex, coordinated event. Glad to see more shows highlighting artistic work from around the world.


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