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IPFO Night Lynsey Addario & Yumna Al-Arashi

  • Stadttheater Olten (12) Frohburgstrasse 1 4600 Olten Switzerland (Karte)

IPFO proudly presents:

Lynsey Addario

Pulitzer Prize Winner, MacArthur Fellowship and other Awards winning Conflict Photographer and Photojournalist, London, GB

About the presentation:
In this compelling keynote talk, Addario will take the audience behind the scenes of some of her most poignant stories over the last 20 years. Her subjects include the lives of female members of the military, a harrowing embed with American soldiers in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, and her kidnapping in Libya while covering the popular uprising in 2011.


Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist, who has been covering war and humanitarian crises around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, and Time Magazine for almost two decades.  Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Lynsey began photographing professionally in 1996—with no photographic training or studies--for The Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina, where she worked for several months before returning to the United States.   She then contributed to the Associated Press in New York for three years before moving to India in 2000 to document injustices against women in South Asia, and the lives of women living in Afghanistan under the Taliban. For almost 15 years, Addario worked consistently in Afghanistan--both embedded with American troops on the frontline and covering the lives of Afghan civilians, and of Afghan women. From 2003-2004, Addario covered the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and its aftermath for The New York Times. In late 2004, Addario turned her attention to Africa, where she covered the conflict in Darfur over six years, making trips every year between 2004 and 2009, and was one of few photographers who photographed in Darfur in the weeks after International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the genocide in Darfur.   From 2006 to 2008, Addario covered the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in 2008, received a grant from the Columbia College of Chicago to document gender-based violence, and rape as a weapon of war for a traveling exhibition, Congo Women. Throughout her career, Addario has continued her work across the Middle East and Africa, with a focus on conflict and post-conflict nations, women’s issues, humanitarian issues, and human rights abuses.   In 2009, she began a long-term project on maternal mortality, documenting complications associated with women dying in childbirth, and has focused on Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, India, the Phillipines, Somaliland and the United States. With the start of the war in Syria, Addario has spent more than 7 years documenting the plight of Syrian refugees around the middle east and Europe--from Turkey,  to Iraq, to Lebanon, to Germany and Greece, and has also been covering the protracted civil war in Syria.

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts….
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Yumna Al-Arashi

Photographer, Filmmaker and Writer, London, GB

About the presentation:
As an Arab American woman growing up in a post 9/11 world, Al-Arashi uses her photography to demand a vision of the Middle Eastern woman as told by themselves. From photojournalism, self-portraiture, fashion, and fine art - we dive into the ways in which her perspective asks a Western audience to unlearn the narrative so regularly fed to them. Al-Arashi shares her own works as well as those of her contemporaries to bring to light the importance of the story teller.


Yumna Al-Arashi is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and human being. Born to a Yemeni father and Egyptian mother, Yumna was raised in Washington, DC and studied Social Inquiry at The New School in New York City. Her on-going work has received support from Tribeca Film Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The US Department of State Office of Art in Embassies, The Magnum Foundation, Photoville, The International Center for Photography, National Geographic, NOWNESS, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)….
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Yumna Al-Arashi
Lynsey Adddario

ORT: 12 - Stadttheater Olten
Frohburgstr. 1, 4600 Olten, Lageplan…
RAUM: Theatersaal
DATUM: Freitag, 30.08.19
BEGINN: 19:30 Uhr
DAUER: ca 2 Stunden
SPRACHE: English

PLACE: 12 -  Stadttheater Olten
Frohburgstr. 1, 4600 Olten, festival locations…
ROOM: Theatersaal, Room 01
DATE: Friday, August 30th, 2019
START: 7:30 pm
DURATION: approx. 2 h

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