Belarus: Exhibition of works of persecuted Uzbek photographer to be held in Minsk

From 15 to 27 February Minsk will host an exhibition of works by photographer and documentary filmmaker from Uzbekistan, Umida Akhmedova, persecuted at home for her art. The exhibition will be located in the center of the city - at the Museum of Belarusian Cinema.

Her album "Men and women: from dawn to dusk," and film, "The burden of virginity", completed with the financial support of the Swiss Embassy in Tashkent, have led to a criminal case against Akhmedova on charges of" insult" and "slander" of the Uzbek people ". She is currently waiting for the trial and is unable to leave Uzbekistan.

At the request of the organizers of the Belarusian exhibition, Umida Akhmedova selected 30 photos.

"We developed the concept of the exhibition, prepared a poster, which is now in the press", says organizer Elena Tonkachova. "We decided to print five thousand cards with two of her photos. Postcards will be given away for free, and we ask people to send them to her. It is very important that Umida knows that we are with her in the difficult times; and that art has no boundaries, and obstacles to creativity are the tests that strengthen individuals and give others hope."

According to the organizers, the opening of the exhibition will show documentary films of Umida Akhmedova. The opening will be attended by representatives of diplomatic missions of foreign states, located in Minsk.

Minsk photographers and a number of leading Internet resources will show support and disseminate information about the exhibition.

The money for the organization of the exhibition was gathered by friends of Umida in Minsk, and Belarusian NGOs.

"It was nice to get positive feedback on Umida Akhmedova's photographs at the Museum of Belarusian Cinema, where we were told that such interesting work has been exhibited for a long time," says Elena Tonkachova. "We are ready to assist others and submit all materials for the organization, and holding of exhibitions of works Umida in other cities and countries. "If you have an opportunity to organize exhibitions in your home, we will share materials and resources." Elena Tonkacheva can be contacted by leaving a comment below.


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