The plight of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is the subject of a photographic exhibit opening at the Westport Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 24. The photos, taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Staples High School graduate Lynsey Addario, depict scenes in the war-torn country from women giving birth to training to become police officers.
"On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion" features 34 of Addario's photographs originally published in National Geographic. Addario traveled throughout Afghanistan to capture the images, exploring the differences of the lives of women living in the country.
Addario, now based in London, photographs for The New York Times, and National Geographic and Time magazines. She was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 2009. Along with a team from The New York Times, she won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for her photographs in "Talibanistan," in 2008.
In 2011, Addario and fellow Westport native and international photographer Tyler Hicks were kidnapped in Libya with two other journalists, Stephen Farrell, and the late Anthony Shadid. The four co-wrote an article for The New York Times detailing their time as captives.
An opening reception for "On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion" will take place at the Westport Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Two other programs are planned to complement the exhibit. Addario will participate in a panel discussion, "Behind the Scenes with Lynsey Addario," on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. The panel discussion is $60; $150 for the discussion and cocktail reception.
"Newsies: Image/Caption," a panel discussion on journalism, will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. moderated by Gordon Joseloff, the former first selectman of Westport. The discussion is $15; $10 for members.
For more information, visit www.westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070. The Westport Arts Center gallery, 51 Riverside Ave, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.