Eight years have passed after one of the worst massacres in the former Soviet Union since its collapse. On May 13, 2005, security forces in the city of Andijan, Uzbekistan, opened fire on protesters, the vast majority unarmed, killing hundreds of men, women and children as they tried to flee. No one has been held accountable, and the authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, has defied calls for an independent investigation.
Since then Uzbekistan’s reputation as one of the world’s worst human rights abusers has only grown. In a brutal crackdown after the massacre, Uzbek authorities imprisoned dozens of human rights defenders and journalists and ejected human rights groups and international media from the country. Torture is rampant. In a shocking case from April 2012, officials beat Gulnaza Yuldasheva, who had been investigating officials’ involvement in human trafficking, with a rubber truncheon, dragging her by her hair before she lost consciousness.
Photo 1: A man mourning at the funeral for his brother, who was killed during the Andijan events. © 2005 Yola Monakhov
Photo 2: A local resident carrying a child, walks by an Uzbek soldier in downtown Andijan, Uzbekistan on May 13, 2005. © 2005 AP Image
A young boy is consoled after his grandparents appear to have been killed in a government airstrike on the Sunni village of Al-Bara on Oct. 28, 2012. Olly Lambert.
Mohammed Ali giving dawah lessons to Mike Tyson. It doesn’t get any better..
Pakistani artist, Tajammul
Muhammad and the Four Khalifas
Gouache mixed with gold and gold leaf on hessian
122 x 56 cm
One of the most haunting images I have ever seen. Guantanamo Bay, 2009
While islamic architectonics range from the grand to the vernacular the competition called for a distinct and inviting mark on the landscape that could serve as both an urban orientation device and yet seamlessly weave into the existing built environment. The proposal seeks to mediate the complex balance of historically shaped program and a new language of spiritual invitation through formal abstraction and a rich material palette.
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