Renowned conflict photographer Lynsey Addario, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, made her first trip to Afghanistan in 2000 to document the lives of women under the Taliban. Addario has returned many times, always training a close eye on women’s lives in all areas of Afghan society: culture, politics, education, employment, and domestic life. Much has changed–the same stadium where the Taliban performed public executions now hosts events for both sexes–but Afghanistan remains a country where it is extremely difficult to photograph women because of cultural and societal taboos. The body of work in “Veiled Rebellion” is the result of Addario’s 2009 commission by “National Geographic” for a comprehensive photo essay depicting the many facets of women’s lives in Afghanistan. On view February 9 – April 18, 2015.
Photo: From the exhibit, photo by Lynsey Addario.