Uzbekistan: Once-Prosecuted Photographer Gets Tashkent Exhibition
In 2009, prosecutors in Uzbekistan filed a criminal case against renowned photographer Umida Akhmedova for a series of images they said were an “affront to the Uzbek people.”
Earlier this week, an exhibition of Akhmedova’s work, titled “Peaceful Sky,” opened at Tashkent’s Zero Line gallery, marked the first time in a decade that the photographer’s images have been shown in public in Uzbekistan.
The exhibition is modest, comprising 15 photos and three video art installations, but the precedent is significant.
“People are sick of prohibitions, of police, of inspections, and of images of kittens and countryside. People want to see reality,” the photographer told EurasiaNet.org.
Akhmedova said the title of the exhibition — “Смирное небо,” a slight and untranslatable play on the Russian words “У нас мирное небо” (We have a peaceful sky) — was inspired by the skies of Uzbekistan.
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