Forsaken / Lana Slezic

“The Afghan women I met were warm, generous and for the most part, eager to share their time with me. Without exception, everywhere I went there were issues of domestic violence, forced marriage, seclusion, illiteracy and a lack of freedom on the most basic of level” - Lana Slezic

Biography Lana Slezic

Born to Croatian parents in Canada, Lana Slezic graduated from the University of Western Ontario and then turned down acceptance to the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in Vancouver to study photojournalism at Loyalist College in Ontario. She graduated in 2000 and worked for Canada’s largest daily newspapers for the next two years.

Unsatisfied with the superficial nature of newspaper work, she decided to freelance and focus on more long term projects. She traveled to Bosnia to cover landmine victims and photographed Mennonites in her native Canada. She lived in Afghanistan for two years documenting the daily struggles of Afghan women which will culminate in her first photography book Forsaken, to be published in the Fall of 2007. Lana is also writing a book that will document the intimate time she spent with Afghan women from 2004-2006.

For her work in Afghanistan, Lana has won several awards including the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands, an International Photography Award in the U.S. and the Luis Valtuena Award for Humanitarian Photography in Spain. She has been published in magazines all over Europe and North America.

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Reference: Proposal for photographic exhibition FORSAKEN Afghan Women by Lana Slezic

Definition: Visual documentation of the lives and hardships that women from
Afghanistan face due to cultural injustises opposed upon them.

60 photographs: colour prints,
50 prints 53 cm x73 cm
10 prints 80 cm x 113 cm
8 text panels (intro, bio and 6 stories) 73 cm x 53.5 cm & 60.6 cm x 48.5 cm
5 caption panels (English, Croatian, French, Italian, German) L:40 cm x H:120 cm

Space Desired: 70 linear meters

Date and venue of previous shows:
War Photo Limited; Dubrovnik, Croatia - 2007
Galway Arts Festival; Ireland - 2007

Print Sales:
21 prints from the exhibit are available as open editions


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