When Swedish nurse Israa Abdali got on a plane to war-torn Syria in 2016, she was shocked by what she saw. “Everything was destroyed, I couldn’t believe this was Syria,” said Abdali, who founded the NGO, Stand With Syria. “Every time you went out, you saw someone walking without legs and arms. Everyone lost something.” Now, a photo of Abdali and other young women who have been affected by the refugee crisis, is going on view in a new exhibition at Fotografiska in New York City. Between These Folded Walls, Utopia features a series of portraits of young women forced to migrate from the Middle East and Africa – countries like Afghanistan and Somalia – during the refugee crisis. On view are 18 framed photographs, six wall pieces and a film installation by Cooper & Gorfer, a photography duo based in Gothenburg, Sweden, made up of two women: American artist Sarah Cooper and Austrian artist Nina Gorfer. “It’s about finding a place in different cultures and what it means to be a woman in all of this,” said Gorfer. Adds Cooper: “We wanted to address the time in our way, and witness how we were feeling in relation to our… Read full this story
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