On the occasion of its twenty-fifth birthday, Emergency organizes in Milan the photo exhibition Zakhem: when war comes home by Giulio Piscitelli (Naples, 1981), created by Emergency with the support of Contrasto.
Milan - Just on the day when the organization's birthday is celebrated, on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 7.00 pm, the opening of the exhibition is scheduled at Casa Emergency: a conversation with Giulio Piscitelli, author of the photographs; Gino Strada, founder of Emergency; Rossella Miccio, president of Emergency, and Giulia Tornari, curator; to moderate Fabrizio Foschini, analyst of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
Milan - In 2018 Giulio Piscitelli visited Emergency's surgical centers for war victims in Kabul and Lashkar-gah, in Afghanistan. Emergency began working in the country in 1999. Since then, it has treated nearly 6 million people in the two surgical centers, in the Anabah maternity center and in the various FAPs (first aid posts and health centers) located in rural and poorly connected areas with major hospitals.
While the United States and its allies are discussing the withdrawal of troops from the country, the Afghan government tries to agree on a ceasefire with anti-government forces and the presidential elections are continually postponed. The war continues to hurt, kill and destroy. And on the ground there is still the legacy of the previous wars: anti-personnel mines and unexploded ordnance continue to mutilate children and adults, especially civilians.
Giulio Piscitelli met the victims of a war that has continued for over 18 years. He gave them a face, a name, he discovered their stories. Stories that speak of a violence that breaks into everyday life, without warning. Stories that show the wound - zakhem, is said in dari - caused by the war. The wounds are put at the center of the photographic story, because the war, after all, starts from there. Piscitelli shows the strength of the Afghan people, his shots transport the subjects into an almost unreal world, enlightened, in a fixity without time or space, in the truth of war of always and everywhere.
The exhibition - conceived as part of the No to war project for a peaceful and inclusive society that respects human rights and diversity among people, and was achieved thanks to the contribution of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. - It will be open to the public from Thursday 16 May to Sunday 9 June 2019 at the following times : 12.00-19.00 from Monday to Thursday; 12.00-20.00 on Friday; 10.00-20.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.