The Lucy Molnar Wing Lecture Series: Kiana Hayeri

Courtesy of Kiana Hayeri

The Lucy Molnar Wing Lecture Series:

Kiana Hayeri
Promises Written On The Ice, Left In The Sun

November 9, 2023, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
School of Image Arts, IMA 307
Toronto Metropolitan University

Exposing what life looks like in Afghanistan after a 20-year US occupation and the Taliban’s rapid takeover, documentary photographer Kiana Hayeri captures harrowing glimpses and multifaceted realities of a war-torn country. Through the lens of her camera, she documents devastation and deferred dreams – but also resilient hope and spirit.

Free and open to the public

Courtesy of Kiana Hayeri

Kiana Hayeri grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her work often explores complex topics such as migration, adolescence, identity and sexuality in war-ridden countries.

In 2020, Hayeri received the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award for her proposed project to reveal the dangers of dilettante “hit & run” journalism. Later that year, she was named as the 6th recipient of the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting. In 2021, Hayeri received the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal for her photographic series “Where Prison is Kind of a Freedom,” documenting the lives of Afghan women in Herat Prison. In 2022, Hayeri was part of The New York Times reporting team that won The Hal Boyle Award for “The Collapse of Afghanistan” and was shortlisted under International Reporting for the Pulitzer Prize. In the same year, she was also named as the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Kiana Hayeri is a Senior TED fellow and a regular contributor to The New York Times and National Geographic.

Blake Fitzpatrick, School of Image Arts

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