Photography
Artist: Peter van Agtmael, American, born 1981, B.A. 2003

AFGHANISTAN. Garmsir, Helmand. 2009. Afghan children watch a patrol of passing American Marines in Helmand. The province is largely made up of small villages of family compounds surrounded by high mud walls. Helmand is the heart of the Taliban’s poppy industry. The poppies are cultivated and processed into heroin and opium. In 2007, 93 percent of the world’s opiates originated in Afghanistan—at an export value of about $64 billion. Opiates are a major source of funding for the Taliban. Farmers cite poverty and Taliban intimidation as the most common reasons for growing poppy. Many farmers who have had their crops destroyed by Coalition and Afghan poppy-clearing operations have joined the Taliban out of frustration or desperation […]

2009

Inkjet print

image: 33 × 48.2 cm (13 × 19 in.); sheet: 33 × 48.2 cm (13 × 19 in.)
John H. Friedman, B.A. 1975, J.D. 1978, Art Gallery Director’s Discretionary Fund
2017.119.4a-b
Culture: 
American
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Photographs
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

The artist

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

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