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Seamus Murphy "Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistan" Photo Exhibit in Chicago

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June 19, 2013 - August 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM EDT
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Anonymous and spoken, landai, two-line Pashtun poems, have served for centuries as a means of self...

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A meeting of Mirman Baheer, the Ladies’ Literary Society, in Kabul. The group has about 100 members in Kabul, where they meet openly most Saturdays. The city of Kabul is, in many ways, an anomaly. Its security allows women to gather openly, a near impossibility across most of the country. Outside Kabul, there are as many as 300 members in the outlying provinces of Khost, Paktia, Wardak, Mazar, Kunduz, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat and Farah. Exact numbers of members are impossible to come by since the society must operate in secret. Image by Seamus Murphy. Afghanistan, 2012.

From June 19 - August 24, the Poetry Foundation presents a collection of Seamus Murphy's photographs from Afghanistan in association with the June issue of Poetry magazine devoted to landay, an ancient Afghan poetry form adapting to tell the story of modern life and conflict. The exhibit in Chicago, "Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistan," includes images from Murphy's Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project with journalist/poet Eliza Griswold, "Afghanistan: On Love and Suicide".

Murphy uses his lens to depict the lives of Afghan women by providing narrative photographs to their landays, a form of poetry that remains unique to Afghani culture and specific to women poets. The exhibit also will include photographs taken by Murphy in Afghanistan between November 1994 and December 2012.

The Poetry Foundation is "an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture." Founded in 1912 in Chicago by Harriet Monroe, the Poetry Foundation strives to broadcast the best poetry of all nature to a wide and receptive audience.

June 19 - August 24
Monday - Friday, 11 am to 4 pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street,
Chicago, IL 60654

For more information: read the Poetry Foundation Press Release on the exhibit.


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