Taken behind the veil
FORSAKEN Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork Until Apr 6 021-481370
The Canadian-born photographer Lana Slezic spent many childhood holidays with her grandparent in Croatia, experiences that she regards as absolutely formative. In 2004, she opted to travel to Afghanistan on a six-week tour but, in the event, she stayed for two years. What kept her was her interest in the plight of women there. “I naively anticipated the women and girls would be more independent, more educated, less oppressed than they actually were.”
She found that most girls are denied education and grow up illiterate. Many women are not allowed to leave their own homes. “Girls are bought and sold to solve land and monetary disputes.”
Her book Forsaken, documenting her time in Afghanistan exploring the realities of life for women and girls, forms the basis for this exhibition, organised in celebration of International Women’s Day. Her photographs are superb.