Újezd 19, Praha 1 - Malá Strana

10. 10. – 16. 11. 2014 HEIDI LEVINE - WOMAN IN WAR

Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Israeli police are trying to identify victims at the scene outside the Hasharon shopping mall in the Israeli city of Netanya after a suicide bomber blew himself up killing 5 and wounding dozens. 5 December 2005.Woman in war © Heidi Levine: A Jewish settler family trying to resist expulsion from their home barricaded themselves on the roof of their home in the Jewish settlement of Gadid in the Gush Katif bloc. 19 August 2005.
Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Three year-old Palestinian girl Farah Abu Halima with her aunt Suher in one the scorched rooms in their home in Beith Layiha, Gaza, which was shelled during the Israeli military Operation Cast Lead. Her mother died of severe burns in an Egyptian hospital and five family members were burned to death. 23 April 2009Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Palestinian woman Sabrehan Salmad, 62, balances a large piece of scrap metal on her head she intends use for the repair of her home in El Atatra in northern Gaza. Her husband was one of the more than 1400 Palestinians killed, including some 300 children, during the 22-day Operation „Cast Lead“. 22 November 2009.
Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Sgt. Alicia Reynolds in her living quarters at US Camp Sommeral in Iraq. She is one of the eight females that live on the base of up to 600 males. At the moment she is in charge of all the logistics concerning food and says that she had to learn quickly how to put men in their place, and she even nearly put one in the freezer once. She would like to become a pilot and wants to get the bad guys. „A female is limited as much as she lets herself be“Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Palestinian woman Hidya Atash stands on the top floor of her home as she overlooks the destruction in Shujayea in Gaza. Her family‘s home was hit by a warning rocket and the family of 40 people fled. When the family was able to return, they discovered their home was heavily damaged during the fighting. 8 August 2014 .
Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Palestinian Mousa Sweidan walks in one of the rooms of his father‘s damaged home in in the Sha‘af neighbourhood of Gaza City. The family of 15 people fled from their home when Israeli tanks entered the neighbourhood and took shelter in a UN school. Gaza, 15 August 2014Woman in war © Heidi Levine: Palestinian woman Badiya Hasani with her children in their home in the Sha‘af neighbourhood of Gaza where they continue living despite it being damaged. The 50 days of war left areas of Gaza in ruins which will take billions of dollars and years to rebuild. 11 September 2014

In history, there have been only a few women who can be called war photographers. Heidi Levine is one of them. She has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict systematically for over 30 years. She began right at the start of her carrier and planned to follow it for no more than a year. But the complexity of the problem and the human emotions on both sides of the conflict fully absorbed her and the intended one year experience became a life-long theme. She is not one of those who arrive with a camera, stay a few days and leave again. She is not one of those who systematically cover a tragic issue but only from one side. Her desire to understand and to analyse the situation and her ability to feel deep empathy enabled her to see both sides of the conflict. She covered other critical conflicts in the Near and Middle East too, including the revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Syria and the Israeli-Lebanese war. She brings not only testimonies from the front lines but also human stories from behind the scenes and publishes them in the international media including Time, Stern, Focus, Paris Match, L’Express Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Amnesty International, Forbes Magazine and others.

Heidi Levine was born in the USA. She studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the London College of Communication. She started working as a professional photographer at the Associated Press in Israel in 1983. Ten years later she joined Sipa Press. Her other work includes the harrowing practice of female infanticide in India, the desperate situation of Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, Syria and Sweden, and the current exodus of refugees from war-torn Syria. In 2003 she photographed the US invasion of Iraq, and she also worked in Afghanistan and Georgia. She is a recipient of a number of important awards. She was nominated by the Canadian Globe and Mail for an Emmy award in the New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming.

Heidi Levine has three children. She says about her role as a woman war photographer: “I am a mother and also a woman in a war zone where most people think it is no place for a woman. My sex often puts me at a disadvantage but for me it’s a challenge. It has happened in the past that I wasn’t allowed to enter some places but on the other hand, the fact that I am a woman often enables me to slip behind the door that are mostly closed to my male colleagues, and I can photograph intimate moments of people’s lives.”

Heidi Levine’s exhibition takes place on the occasion of her participation in the international jury of the jubilee 20th Czech Press Photo 2014. The curator of the exhibition is Petr Josek, chairman of the international jury CPP 2014.

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