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Monday 13 December 2021

Award Winning Photojournalist To Have Work Shown In New Outdoor Exhibition In Brighton

A new photographic image highlighting the current turmoil in Afghanistan by Rick Findler has been chosen for the In Between Gallery, in Brighton.

Credit Rick Findler

The work will sit in Fabrica's large window space, which shows contemporary photography in the heart of the city's busy shopping streets for all who pass by, from 20 December 2021.

The exhibit is named Lost Connection I Afghanistan and was taken in Afghanistan in Spring 2021. 

All throughout Bamyan Province (a picturesque mountainous region of Afghanistan 80 miles west of Kabul) thousands of unconnected and unfinished electricity pylons stretch for miles, and have done so for more than two years. 

Just 35% of Afghanistan's population has access to electricity, with the electricity sector fraught with tales of corruption. 

The pylons remain standing, unused and unemployed, symbolic of the corruption afflicting the electricity sector, the feeling of an abandoned population and their disillusionment toward the governing authorities. 

As the west turns it's back on Afghanistan, it is the people stuck in the middle which are affected the most. 

They feel abandoned - abandoned by both their government as well as the global powers that once protected them. 

These pylons, which once held so much promise for so many people, symbolise a nation forgotten by everyone.  

The image, which will be displayed from 20th December 2021 to April 2022, is one of seven from the series and has not been displayed to the public before now, giving Brighton audiences the first chance to see this work. 

Liz Whitehead, Director, Fabrica, said:  

"As the host of the In Between Gallery the opportunity it affords is to put photography onto the street at Christmas. 

"This photograph keeps Afghanistan in the public imagination." 

by: Mike Cobley




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