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Ghazal Sotoudeh – Notes from Afghanistan

Galerie Mourlot
16 East 79th Street, 212-288-8808
Upper East Side
June 9 - July 14, 2011
Reception: Thursday, June 9, 6 - 9 PM
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Galerie Mourlot is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of photographs by Ghazal Sotoudeh.

Born during the winter of 1981 in Tehran, Ghazal fled her country of birth at the moment when her father lost his life. Her arrival in France was an accident, which nevertheless offered her passion for words and for the piano a place of refuge.

She studied for 20 years under the guidance of Madame A. Portorab, exceptional student of Madame Picht-Axenfeld, among the finest interpreters of Chopin.

Having completed her law studies in Paris, a collaboration with the photo-journalist Reza led her passion for writing to find an ally in the medium of photography. The image, the word, and the music at the service of the trace, of the past and of the present.

Two years spent in Afghanistan as a humanitarian worker, Ghazal attempts through poems and images to give voice to her encounters. Twenty portraits of civilians tell of their country, their hopes, their wars and their smiles. Through these photos Ghazal hopes to remind us of the fact: Afghanistan is the country of the Afghans, not of the Taliban.
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