Together with the ERE Foundation and activist Sabrina Herzog, fashion photographer STEFAN DOTTER has brought together 100 photographers who are contributing a motif for a charitable print sale. Through 5 October, 2021, you can order select motifs for only 80 EUR to support a great cause.
“Art and especially photography are the enemy in any extremist-led Afghanistan. We, as a community of artists and especially photographers have come together to support photographers in Afghanistan. Photography as a means of self-expression and documentation is particularly essential under these circumstances and will help preserve the cultural diversity of Afghanistan.”
“I have united the work of 100 engaged photographers around a print sale, dedicated to the evacuation and resettlement of my eight Afghan photography students. This fundraiser by photographers for photographers will enable eight Afghan photography students to build a life and pursue a profession outside of Afghanistan, while developing their photographic practice through future workshops. All prints are available at 80€, unlimited for two weeks // printed on 24x30cm with the generous support of Art Lab by Sheriff Paris. The fundraiser will close on 5 October, 2021,” says Stefan Dotter.
“For the past two and a half years, Afghan photographer Farzana Wahidy, myself and a group of friends have been working together on a joint mission in collaboration with UN agencies to hold photography workshops for a group of eight former refugees who had recently returned to Afghanistan. Both a very intense and rewarding experience, it allowed me to witness the struggle Afghan people face on a daily basis, while I was completely absorbed by the immense progress they were making over a short period of time.
As you know, the situation has become worse over the past weeks, and together with friends, colleagues and institutions, our utmost priority over the last weeks has been to find an opportunity for the students to leave the country. The eight students who are part of the photography program are currently in danger for the following reasons:
- The families of these young people fled to Iran during the civil war of the 1990s and the first Taliban regime. After the Taliban was overthrown in 2001, they returned to Afghanistan, believing they were safe. However, as we know from 15 August, the Taliban took over the government in the country so their lives are in danger once again;
- The photography students are categorized by extremist groups in the same way as journalists. As reported by human rights groups, there is a growing threat to journalists in Afghanistan. At least eleven journalists were killed in targeted attacks in 2020 according to Amnesty International. Since 2001, more than 50 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
- Six people in the group are women. The threat of violence has always been a harsh reality for Afghan women, but the restrictions put in place by the Taliban government, already demonstrated by actions such as the announcement of an all-male interim cabinet or banning certain sports for women, go beyond violence and lead to the exclusion of women from life in society.
NGOs, government authorities from third-party countries, individuals affected by the cause and myself have joined forces to support their emergency humanitarian visa applications in order to ensure their safety and well-being. The students have travel expenses (e.g. plane tickets, PCR tests, transportation, etc.) and require financial support for the first six months to enable them a good start. The fundraiser will enable the students to build a life and pursue a profession outside of Afghanistan, while developing their photographic practice with the help of other photographers.
All donations received will be managed by the ERE Foundation and distributed to the NGOs responsible for their resettlement in the new country. All donations will be distributed equally to the young photographers as soon as they arrive in their new home country.
While we are in advanced discussions with NGOs in their country of resettlement at this time, we will only share details on the student’s resettlement once they have safely reached their destination country for security reasons. You are welcome to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns, or if you can offer any other support.
It is very important for us to be 100% transparent about where the funds are going and how they will help. Also what will happen to the funds if we are not able to evacuate the students. In this case, we would like to donate the funds to a non-profit, non-political organization that supports photographers in Afghanistan through education, exhibitions, legal support, protection and much more. In the event that we raise more funds than necessary for the resettlement of the students, we are creating a trust fund for their future, which can be used for necessary equipment, education & basic needs.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give these young people. I know each and every one of them will be immensely grateful for even the smallest donation.”
The participating photographers : Mathilde Agius • Danielle Alprin • Philippe Arlt • Alina Asmus • David Avazzadeh • Tess Ayano • David Baum • Edgar Berg • Kristin Bethge • Anthony Blasko • Jeff Boudreau • Anna Breit • Brendan George Ko • Kira Bunse • Juliette Cassidy • Kevin Castanheira • Ali Kate Cherkis • Lee John Clayton • Lauren Coleman • Volker Conradus • Elaine Constatine • Laura Jane Coulson • Elena Cremona • Matthieu Croizier • Jack Davison • Katrien De Blauwer • Quentin De Briey • Théo De Gueltzl • Max Dorsogna • Stefan Dotter • Laurence Ellis • Brad Elterman • Phil Engelhardt • Daniel Etter • Peter Fisher • Jermaine Francis • Maria Johanna Fritz • Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek • Gavin Green • Luca Grottoli • Marie Haefner • Amanda Hakan • Estelle Hanania • Jamie Hawkesworth • Alyssa Heuze • Hill & Aubrey • Alex Huanfa Cheng • Larissa Hofmann • Carlijn Jacobs • Jesse John Jenkins • Tom Johnson • Jack Johnstone • Kinga Katanics • Marc Krause • Adam Kremer • Dylan Kronen • Brendan George Ko • Charlotte Lapalus • Robbie Lawrence • Chloe Le Drezen • Massimo Leardini • Lucas Lehmann • Crista Leonard • Wai Lin Tse • Thomas Lohr • Maddy Minnis • Joachim Müller-Ruchholz • Nikki McClarron • Katsu Naito • Hans Neumann • Ina Niehoff • Anouk Nitsche • Zhenya Posternak • Remi Pujol• Mafalda Rakos • Jody Rogac • Alice Schillaci • Yannick Schuette • Sednaoui Stephane • Maximilian Semlinger • Emine Sevim-Zendegi • Laila Sieber • Flavia Sistiaga • Alec Soth • Mika Sperling • Charlotte Stouvenot • Julien T Hamon • Tajan Sophie • Marius Uhlig • Jonas Unger • Cyrille de Vignemont • Massimo Vitali • Alexandra Von Fuerst • Farzana Wahidy • Wrey Eddie • Watkins CT.