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The Beauty Academy of Kabul
Liz Mermin
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
Because I studied anthropology, the pitfalls of presuming to represent a foreign culture have been impressed...
Our standard vision of Afghan women - oppressed, hidden and tormented - isn't entirely wrong, but it's terribly narrow. The seriousness with which these women embraced hair and makeup amidst such tremendous destruction and poverty seemed, at first, bizarre.
We were in Kabul for almost ten weeks, and the exchanges that took place behind the camera informed my treatment of those we caught on tape. The students seemed amused and touched by us - four women living far from home, lugging around heavy equipment, bizarrely determined to film their every move.
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