27 April-27 May 2012. This exhibition, entitled Lashkars, displays the most significant photographs by Massimo Berruti. In this reportage the Italian photographer portrays the Pashtunistan, a crucial region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Berruti has been in the Swat valley to follow the daily life of the Lashkar, a body of civilian militia, which fights in the front line against the Taliban with the support of the Pakistani army. The Lashkar daily contribute to peace and security in this controversial region against attack and the infiltration of rebels. Berrutti managed to break into this community of warriors conquering their trust and following them in their daily life. This conflict is never explicit in Berruti’s shots, but its presence is strongly felt from the homes reduced to ruins, the abandoned buildings, the poor homes and the numerous weapons, which accompany the Lashkars everywhere, even in their private lives with their families.
With this work Berruti won the Carmignac Gestion Price for Photo-Journalism in 2010. Berruti was born in Rome in 1979 and has been a member of the French agency VU’ since 2007. During his work in Pakistan he has lived in close contact with the population, which is daily hostage of extreme political, religious and ethical violence. His reportage, entitled Bloodbath in Karachi (Planned Killings), has been awarded with the second prize of the World Press Photo competition in 2011 and with the third prize of Picture Of the Year International.