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The Gallery is located on the upper level of Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place) in Whistler village. It is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm. The Whistler Arts Council curates a variety of unique art exhibitions in The Gallery each year, most of which feature local and Canadian artists. Admission is free.
Unordinary Lives by Manca Juvan
In partnership with the embassy of the Republic of Slovenia
February 18 - March 31, 2016
The promise of democracy and the rebuilding of the war-torn nation of Afghanistan have proven elusive. This photo display is a window into the effect the conflict has had on the Afghan people. The on-going war and instability in Afghanistan continues to diminish the hope of the Afghan people for peace, development and prosperity. This the story of ordinary Afghans and the real images of war and poverty – of lives far from ordinary.
Born 1981 in Slovenia, Manca Juvan worked as a freelance photographer and made several trips to Afghanistan between 2003 and 2009 documenting the difficult lives of the people after the fall of the Taliban. The images have been published in a book of the same title that aims to encourage continued discussion of Afghanistan particularly of the daily lives of ordinary citizens.
Juvan was selected as Photographer of the Year in Slovenia for her reportage work in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and has been twice commended for her work on Afghanistan by the Slovenian Association of Journalists. Her book Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives was published by Sanje publishers in 2010 with an English edition following 2012. In 2011 she was chosen as one of three recipients of a scholarship for NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program. Juvan has published photographs and stories on Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, India, the United States, Serbia and the EU Countries in publications including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic (Slovenia), Time.com and The European Voice.
“Afghanistan shaped me as a person and as a photographer. I don't pretend the book is about the whole country and its people - it's way too big and complex to fit it all in one book,” she said. “War is terrible. It shouldn't happen. And the ordinary people are those who suffer the most. We should never forget.”
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