URGENCY! Afghanistan

URGENCY! Afghanistan

opening reception

Sep 11, 2021 | 6 - 9pm


Sep 11 - Nov 14, 2021


Rodrigo Abd | Victor J. Blue | Paula Bronstein | Andrea Bruce | Saurabh Das | Kevin Frayer | David Gilkey | David Goldman | Rahmat Gul | Jim Huylebroek | Brennan Linsley | Emilio Morenatti | Anja Niedringhaus | Joao Silva |  David Guttenfelder | Altaf Qadri | Farzana Wahidy | Dar Yasin

In 2001, Bronx Documentary Center founder and photojournalist Michael Kamber planned the non-profit from his post in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Center’s inaugural exhibition, in October of 2011, featured work from Afghanistan by the late photographer Tim Hetherington.

10 years later, URGENCY! Afghanistan, a photographic “exhibition in progress” at the Bronx Documentary is showing the work of more than a half dozen photojournalists who covered America’s 20-year war. The exhibition will open on September 11th, 2021.

The photographs included will cover the American invasion, the American occupation and counterinsurgency, Afghan women’s struggle for civil rights, the growing strength of the resurgent Taliban and the American withdrawal. Pictures of victorious Americans taken in 2001 are juxtaposed with images of the Taliban taking Kabul the last week of August, 2021. The BDC is receiving new images from photographers currently in Afghanistan and will update the show in real time.

Victor J. Blue, Paula Bronstein, David Gilkey, Kiana Hayeri, Jim Huylebroek, Joao Silva, Marcus Yam, David Guttenfelder, and other photojournalists will be included in this exhibition. Photos and multimedia by David Gilkey, killed in Afghanistan in 2016 and images by Tim Hetherington, killed in action in 2011, will be included as well.

The BDC’s new URGENCY! series is a real-time response to critical worldwide events, through exhibitions and public programs. The BDC will create dialogue and education around these events as they’re happening.

Curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx, NY 10451
Gallery Hours: Thur-Fri 3-7PM + Sat-Sun 1-5PM

This exhibition contains graphic content that may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

 Afghan women and children mourn the loss of family members, who were killed in a raid by U.S. Special Forces, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan on May 16, 2010. In May of 2010, U.S. Special Operations forces claimed they killed several insurgents in this village, just outside Jalalabad in the Nangahar District of eastern Afghanistan. But family members of the nine people killed say the massacre was unwarranted, and local Afghan officials complain that the raid left Afghan police in the dark. They attempted to respond to the raid, thinking it was a Taliban attack, and were targeted as well. Local support for women and children inside the village was prevented for several hours. © Andrea Bruce / NOOR

INTERIOR IMAGES (Top to bottom, left to right): Displaced Afghans wait for aid handouts at a makeshift camp from the northern provinces desperately leaving their homes behind on August 10, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. People displaced by the Taliban advancing are flooding into the Kabul capital to escape the Taliban takeover of their provinces. Photo by Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

 A heavily armed Mujahideen warrior manning a Kabul downtown check-point, questions a young teenager during the conflict in Afghanistan. 1999 © Joao Silva / PictureNET Africa

An Afghan girl listens to the speech of Afghan presidential candidate and current President Hamid Karzai on television during the presidential candidates' live debate in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. Afghans will head to the polls on Aug. 20 to elect a new president. © Farzana Wahidy / AP 

Lance Cpl. Josue Barron lost his left leg and left eye in Sangin, Afghanistan, while serving with the 3/5 from Camp Pendleton, Calif. He now has a glass eye that is emblazoned with the 3/5 insigne. October 2011. © David P. Gilkey / NPR