Afghan photographer Zalmai received the 2011 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant for his recent series Walking in Quicksand: Afghan Refugees in Greece*. During a week-long residency at Duke University’s Center for International Studies (DUCIS), the artist will give a presentation at the Center for Documentary Studies on that project and others. The Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund Program created the residency program for Emergency Fund grantees in partnership with DUCIS, with the goal of connecting international photographers with Duke faculty and students to encourage the practice of exploring deeply rooted social issues through photography.
Tuesday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Zalmai has been documenting his native country since the 1990s. For the past several years, he has also been photographing the plight of Afghan refugees throughout the world, most recently in Greece. As the first entry point into Europe from the Middle East, Greece receives among the largest number of Afghani migrants and asylum seekers in Europe, many of them now trapped in that country’s deteriorating, dysfunctional asylum system.
*Walking in Quicksand is on view at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies through September 28; opening reception Monday, September 17, 5:30–6:30 p.m.