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Tiana Markova-Gold July 1, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Nigeria.
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Gbagada Senior Grammar School in Lagos, Nigeria 2009

Tiana Markova-Gold (b.1974, United States) is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn. She received a NY Times Scholarship to attend the full-time Photojournalism Program at ICP in 2006-07. Since the spring of 2007, she has been working on an in-depth project about the lives of women in prostitution. This project has included work in the United States, Macedonia and Morocco. Her work has earned several fellowships and grants including a Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her first solo show Scènes et Types, featuring her work in Morocco recently opened at the Camera Club of New York.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photograph during an annual Junior Kudra empowerment workshop for young women facilitated by Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND). Hasfat Abiola-Costello founded KIND in Lagos, Nigeria in 1997 to honor Kudirat Abiola, her mother and a leading democracy activist who was killed by soldiers during the period of military rule. The Junior Kudra Program is an expansion of KIND’s Young Women Leadership Program. The name KUDRA is a derivation of the Arabic “Qudra” that symbolizes power. The name conveys the program’s intention to help restore young women to their full potential by empowering them with information, leadership skills and tools to effectively engage in transforming their lives, communities and eventually their nation.”

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