Uzbek Artist to Face “Insult and Slander” Charge

BY Sara Raza

TASHKENT — Outrage swept across the Central Asian professional art community as news surfaced in late December 2009 that Umida Akhmedova, a prominent documentary photographer from Uzbekistan, had been criminally charged for “insult and slander of the Uzbek people and traditions.”

The incriminating evidence consisted of a portfolio of 110 photographs entitled “Women and Men: From Dawn till Dusk” and the documentary films Women and Men in Customs and Rituals and Virginity Code—all produced in 2007 under the auspices of the local

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