Lana Šlezić: Forsaken
In March 2004, award-winning Canadian photographer Lana Slezic went to Afghanistan with, in her own words, preconceived notions and a knapsack full of naivety. She believed the ousting of the Taliban in 2001 meant that girls were back at school, women had discarded the burka, and the environment was less oppressive for women.
What Slezic discovered about the truth prompted her to lengthen a six week assignment into a two-year stay. During that time, Slezic travelled quietly and unobtrusively through many regions of Afghanistan, talking to women and girls who were willing to tell her their stories. With its searing stories and heart stopping, full-colour images, Forsaken allows some of these women to speak directly to us, and in the process attempts to redress the imbalance in the conversation.
Lana Šlezic was born in Toronto, Canada in 1973 to Croatian parents. Šlezic has exhibited her work at the War Photo Gallery in Croatia, the Toronto International Art Fair, and the Kargart Gallery for the Istanbul Ifsak Biennial. The recipient of various photography awards, including the International Summit Creative Award, the Gold National Magazine Award of Canada, the Society for News Design Award, and the Luis Valtuena Award for Humanitarian Photography, Šlezic has contributed to The Guardian, The New York Times, British Journal of Photography, British Vogue, The Independent, Canadian Geographic Magazine, to name just a few. Forsaken is Šlezic’s first book.
Condition: Excellent, few scuff marks on front cover and slight knock to corner.
Hardback: 96 pages
Dimensions: 8.75 x 0.8 x 9.85 inches
Publisher: powerHouse Books (July 1, 2007)