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Book Launch for Forsaken by Lana Šlezić

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Book Launch for Forsaken by Lana Šlezić

Book launch for Forsaken by Lana Šlezić at Toronto Image Works Gallery. 207-80 Spadina Ave., Toronto. 1-3 p.m.

Photographs from the book will be on exhibit at the gallery until October 6, 2007.

By Lana Šlezić
Introduction by Deb Ellis
House of Anansi Press, 2007
132 pages
Full-colour photographs throughout

During her two-year stay, Šlezić traveled quietly and unobtrusively through many regions of Afghanistan, talking to women and girls who were willing to share their stories. The Afghan women were warm, generous, and eager to share their time with her. Yet, without exception, everywhere Šlezić went she encountered issues of domestic violence, forced marriage, seclusion, illiteracy, and a lack of freedom on the most basic levels.

What we tend to forget, Šlezić shows us, is that the people most knowledgeable about the issues are the Afghan women themselves. With its searing stories and heart-stopping, full-colour images, Forsaken allows some of these women to speak directly to us, and in the process attempts to redress the imbalance in the conversation.

Lana Šlezić was born to Croatian parents in Toronto. She studied photojournalism and interned at the Magnum Photo Agency in New York, and eventually went freelance. Her clients include the New York Times, Paris Match, National Geographic, The Sunday Times magazine and a host of others. Forsaken is her first book of photography, and is being published in seven countries.

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