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Miss Landmine
March 12, 2008   
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Miss Landmine, a controversial photographic exhibition by Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, is showing at Katarzyna Napiórkowska's Art Gallery in Warsaw. The exhibition takes its name from the world's first beauty pageant for women who have lost limbs or been disabled by landmines, a project thought up by Traavik after he traveled to Angola in 2003, where he saw how the African country's reconstruction is hampered by landmines left over from its bloody civil war.

This year's Miss Landmine pageant, which Traavik says is a humanitarian, political and art project all in one, is being held in Angola, with the winner to be announced April 3. Ten Angolan women, representing their respective provinces, are competing for a state-of-the-art artificial limb from a leading orthopedic clinic in Norway.

Poland and Finland are the only two EU member states which have not ratified the 1997 Ottawa Convention banning the production, stockpiling and use of landmines (though Poland is a signatory). Poland has a stockpile of nearly a million landmines, including the PMD-6 and MON models that have permanently disabled Angolan women.


Katarzyna Napiórkowska's Art Gallery, Kołłątaj Building, 19/21 Old Town Square
Through April 11
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