RADA AKBAR, AFGHANISTAN

EINE KINDHEIT IN AFGHANISTAN

Heshmat ist acht Jahre alt. Und er hat eine Hoffnung. Die Hoffnung, dass der Lohn seines Vaters endlich so hoch sein möge, dass er, der Sohn, nicht mehr arbeiten muss. Das aber muss er. Nach der Schule; manchmal acht Stunden am Tag als Straßenverkäufer. Es mache ihn so furchtbar müde, sagt Heshmat, und es sei so furchtbar kalt.

Die afghanische Fotografin Rada Akbar hat arbeitende Kinder in ihrem Heimatland porträtiert. Jungen und Mädchen. Vierzehnjährige, siebenjährige, sechsjährige, fünfjährige Kinder, die für umgerechnet einen bis anderthalb Euro am Tag Müll einsammeln, in Ziegeleien und auf Feldern arbeiten, Schuhe flicken – und davon träumen, Pilot zu werden, Lehrer, Arzt, Ingenieur.

Rada Akbar startete als Malerin; sie setzt sich – auch in Dokumentarfilmen – vor allem für die Frauen Afghanistans ein. Und für die unzähligen Kinder dort, die unter harter Arbeit und unter Gewalt leiden.

Biografie: Rada Akbar (Künstlerin und freie Fotografin)

UNICEF-Foto des Jahres: Rada Akbar

Born and raised in Afghanistan, Rada Akbar has always used art as a medium to express herself and explain the realities around her. She started her career in visual arts as a painter. Her work had been displayed in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She gradually replaced the paintbrushes and palettes with camera lenses. She slowly gained interest in documenting everyday life of the Afghan people with a camera, and photography became her professional medium.

She explains: “I don’t photograph subjects. I photograph the way they make me feel. Admittedly, it’s a strange concept. But it’s honest – and it’s the best way to describe my approach to the craft. I wrestle with every image I shoot. I assume perfection is possible and I want to wring it out of every picture. As a female artist, I want to convince our society that Afghan women can produce high quality works and be recognized internationally for their craft.”

Rada’s talent and ambition in visual arts do not stop with photography. She has made two documentary films describing the life and hardship of Afghan women. One, “Shattered Hopes,” was selected for the Panorama Hindukusch-Film Festival in Köln, Germany, in 2009. Rada has worked with prominent organizations including UNDP, UNFPA, Hand in Hand, and GIZ. Rada’s paintings and photographic work have been internationally exhibited.

Exhibitions

First Afghan Contemporary Art Exhibition in Kabul, India, China, Germany, Italy and USA 2008 – 2012

Photo Exhibition in Kabul 2008

Screened the documentary “Shattered Hopes” in Panorama Hindukusch-Film Festival in Köln, Germany 2009

Photo Exhibition at the German Embassy Kabul 2011

Photo Exhibition in Switzerland 2013

Photo Exhibition in Institut Français d’Afghanistan 2014

Photo Exhibition at Munch Gallery in New York City 2014

Photo Exhibition at Nikolaj Kunsthal – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre 2014

Photo Exhibition at The Danish Museum of Photography, Herning (DK) 2015

Photo Exhibition at Art Centre Mississippi, Thyholm (DK) 2015

Upcoming Photo Exhibition at The National Museum of Art Cultures, Gothenburg, Sweden April 2016 – Jan 2017

Photo Exhibition at 100 years of Afghan-German friendship cultural week in Berlin, Germany 2015

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