ART Without Borders

preserving and promoting artists' rights in the world

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ART Without Borders Presents “The Eye of the Beholder,” Photographs from Afghanistan by Eve Chayes Lyman

LEXINGTON, MA – ART Without Borders is excited to announce “The Eye of the Beholder,” an exhibition of photographs from Afghanistan by Eve Chayes Lyman opening on Saturday, November 11, 2006. The exhibition will be held in Democracy Center at 45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge.

Eve Chayes Lyman is the co-founder of Afghans for Civil Society, an organization that was formed to support and rebuild a democratic Afghanistan. While in Kandahar and Urozgon, Ms. Lyman used her photographer’s lens to capture the spirit of the Afghan people. Children’s reactions to Ms. Lyman and her camera range from sideward glances and shy smiles to animated laughter, all beauty and charm. Villagers dance, vendors hawk their goods at the market. Hope seems to rise like a phoenix.

In one unsettling moment, however, Ms. Lyman informs the viewer that the positioning of a man’s turban indicates his affiliation with the Taliban. From this point forward, we can’t help but look at every face with unease and suspicion. “The Eye of the Beholder” narrates a story that is crucially important to our world today, and urges us to take action before hope for Afghanistan is again lost.

The exhibition will be held from November 11, 2006 through January 12, 2007. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006 from 5-7pm, followed by the music of Melissa Kassel, vocal, Phil Grenadier - trumpet, Bruno Räberg – bass, from 7-9pm. Gallery hours will be Monday – Sunday, 12-5pm or by appointment. The exhibition is free to the public, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

ART Without Borders is committed to preserving and promoting artists’ rights in the world. Art Without Borders members believe that artists are often the first victims of human rights violations or abuse, forcing them to leave everything behind and to become refugees due to their faith, political stance, ethnicity or artistic activity. Art Without Borders wants to participate in the building of a better world, offering to artist refugees and individuals advocating for artists’ rights the support of an exchange network and the sponsorship of events.

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