• FEB 27 to APR 21
    Solo Exhibition
    Guillermo Cervera. Bye-Bye Kabul


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    FEB 27 to APR 21, 2013

    Vernissage: Tuesday 26 February, 7.30 pm. VirreinaLAB

    Event Location

    La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

    La Rambla, 99

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    Guillermo Cervera (Madrid, 1968) is an independent photojournalist with over eighteen years’ experience covering armed conflicts and social issues for the world press. His professional career began at El Mundo newspaper in 1989 and his work has since taken him from frontline Bosnia in 1993 to the recent uprisings in Libya and Cairo in 2011; from rebel camps in Chad to photographing gang wars in Caracas (Venezuela) or the separatist Tamil Tigers during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

    In 2008 he travelled for the first time to Afghanistan, which had been invaded by Nato in 2001 and was witnessing an alarming resurgence of the Taliban insurgents. Guillermo Cervera has since visited Kabul eight times, working mainly in the Peshawar region, where he carries out long-term projects on the everyday life of the Taliban and the economic might of the western arms market. Thanks to his local guides, his disguise as a Pashtun and his daring approach to risk, he has managed to capture the essence of a contradictory civilisation in something as simple and complicated as his snapshots. His photographs are regularly published in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Marie Claire and El Mundo, as well as accompanying articles in La Vanguardia by Plàcid Garcia-Planas, the newspaper’s war correspondent.

    Bye-Bye Kabul, the exhibition he presents at VirreinaLAB from 27 February 2013, offers a glimpse of his intense work documenting the everyday life of civilians in conflict zones. The exhibition comprises 49 photographs taken over a four-year period and constitutes an unparalleled document that goes above and beyond news and curiosities to reveal the complex human and social geography of modern-day Afghanistan, caught in constant tension between tradition and modernity.


    CURATOR: Ricard Mas

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