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A Song for Zarmina


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This is part of a series of images created for the performance project Singing From the Bottom Of A Well, in collaboration with singer Ember Schrag and pedal steel player Susan Alcorn. This project was inspired in part by landai, two-line songs anonymously authored by Pashtun women and collectively remembered through oral tradition.

This image depicts one young poet who was not anonymous, Zarmina, who set herself on fire in provincial Afghanistan 2010. Her landai challenged God from “the dark cage of the village.” The featured text is taken from one of her poems.


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