Kiana Hayeri

Photographer
    
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality: Iranian-Canadian
Biography: Kiana (b.1988) 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. After an... read on
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"The TransAsia Train" for Polka Magazine (2013)
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Apr 15, 2013
Assigned by Polka Magazine in April 2013, we took the TransAsia train to discover and capture stories of travelers on this three-day-long journey. The Tehran-Ankara train leaves once a week from Tehran's central train station and crosses the Iran-Turkey border at Razi, then it boards a ship to travel through Van Lake and arrive in Ankara three days later.

With very few exceptions, almost all of the passengers were either asylum seekers or families of those who had previously escaped the country. Some fearful for their life and others simply searching for a better time ahead. A few knew how they wanted to proceed upon arrival in Turkey and others were clueless of what was awaiting them. Some families entirely packed their life in small suitcases and others left it behind, hoping that one day, they'll be able to return to Iran.

Besides tears, laugh and the food they shared on this journey, only one other thing linked a political activist, a mom, a student, a lesbian, and a baha'i family; hope for a better future. (2013)
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on NYTimes: At War: She Went to Prison for Killing Her Husband. The Pandemic Set Her Free.

By Kiana Hayeri — She Went to Prison for Killing Her Husband. The Pandemic Set Her Free. Foroozan was one of nearly 20 women..
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The Washington Post: ‘There’s no humanity left’: A family buries a mother and her unborn child in Afghanistan

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By Kiana Hayeri — I am honored to share that I have been awarded the sixth £20,000 grant for my project “..
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on NYT: Afghanistan’s Next War

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"Scarred and Weary, an Afghan Force Wonders: What Is Peace?" for The New York Times (2020)

By Kiana Hayeri — Their young bodies are as broken as the bomb-pocked 40 miles of highway they guard. Some are missing..
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For The New York Times Magazine (2020):"Now in Prison, They Feel Free."

By Kiana Hayeri — Violence against women is rampant in Afghanistan. As a Persian saying goes, “a woman enters her..
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"Afghan Women Don’t Want To Be Saved. But They Demand To Be Heard" for Buzzfeed News (2019)

By Kiana Hayeri — The women of Afghanistan would like to be heard. Before the recent peace negotiations suddenly broke down..
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Single Mothers of Afghanistan on Globe and Mail

By Kiana Hayeri — Single Mothers of Afghanistan was published on Globe and Mail for Mother's Day weekend. It was published..
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