URGENCY! Afghanistan

Published on September 27, 2021, 10:20 pm
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New images from the field by Wakil Kohsar have been added to URGENCY! Afghanistan, a photographic “exhibition in progress” at the Bronx Documentary showing the work of more than a half dozen photojournalists who covered America’s 20-year war. The exhibition is on view through November 14, 2021.

The photographs included cover the American invasion, the American occupation and counterinsurgency, Afghan women’s struggle for civil rights, the growing strength of the resurgent Taliban, and the American withdrawal. Pictures of victorious Americans taken in 2001 are juxtaposed with images of the Taliban taking Kabul the last week of August 2021. The BDC is receiving new images from photographers currently in Afghanistan and updates the show in real-time.

Victor J. Blue, Paula Bronstein, David Gilkey, Kiana Hayeri, Jim Huylebroek, Wakil Kohsar, Joao Silva, Marcus Yam, and other photojournalists are included in this exhibition. Photos and multimedia by David Gilkey, killed in Afghanistan in 2016, and images by Tim Hetherington, killed in action in 2010, are featured as well.

The BDC’s new URGENCY! series is a real-time response to critical worldwide events, through exhibitions and public programs. The BDC creates dialogue and education around these events as they’re happening.

Exhibition curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

This exhibition contains graphic content that may be disturbing.

Viewer discretion is advised.

Captions, top to bottom, left to right:

Afghan women and children mourn the loss of family members, who were killed in a raid by U.S. Special Forces, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan on May 16, 2010. In May of 2010, U.S. Special Operations forces claimed they killed several insurgents in this village, just outside Jalalabad in the Nangahar District of eastern Afghanistan. But family members of the nine people killed say the massacre was unwarranted, and local Afghan officials complain that the raid left Afghan police in the dark. They attempted to respond to the raid, thinking it was a Taliban attack, and were targeted as well. Local support for women and children inside the village was prevented for several hours. © Andrea Bruce / NOOR

Kabul, Afghanistan, August 30, 2021. Afghan residents and family members of the victims gather next to the remnants of a vehicle inside a courtyard, the day after a US drone strike. The US drone strike was the last military action before leaving Afghanistan, killing three adults and seven children. The US military initially claimed victims were members of ISIS, the Islamic State terrorist group. Days after the incident and after an investigation led by The New York Times, the US military admitted they had killed an innocent family of ten. © Wakil Kosar / AFP

September 08, 2021, Afghan newspaper Etilaat Roz journalists Nematullah  Naqdi (L) and Taqi Daryabi show their wounds in their office in Kabul after being released from Taliban custody. The two Afghan journalists have shown their ugly welts and bruises after being beaten and detained for hours by Taliban fighters for covering a protest in the Afghan capital. © Wakil Kohsar / AFPA

US soldier (C) points his gun towards an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. © Wakil Kohsar / AFP


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