Fardin Waezi will explore themes that have emerged from his extensive ten-year body of work documenting Afganistan by capturing the more subtle realities of everyday life there: the diverse experiences of Afghans from the perspective of an insider. Through individual stories, Waezi hopes his photographs will provide international viewers with a more nuanced understanding of Afghan lives and hopes for the future.
Waezi currently works for AINA, the Afghan Media and Culture Center, which promotes free press in Afghanistan and offers photography and journalism trainings. Prior to AINA, Waezi spent four years as a senior photographer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). His work has been exhibited in Kabul at the French, Swiss, and Indian embassies, at the United Nations compound, and at the AINA Culture Center. Outside of Afghanistan, Waezi has shown his work in Tehran, Toulouse, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, New York and most recently a solo show at the British Museum in London. Waezi’s photos have been published in Le Figaro, The New York Times, and El Mundo, and he has held assignments for Der Spiegel, Le Point, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the European Commission, and the World Bank. He was selected to participate in a master photography class with Tim Page organized by the United Nations and with photographer Simon Norfolk organized by the Tate Modern.