Afghanistan

Contemporary Art

Contemporary art in Afghanistan – Puzzles and provocations

Contemporary art in Afghanistan – Puzzles and provocations

Posted November 19th, 2013

Afghanistan, Contemporary Art

Ben Sheppard reports for AFP from Kabul: “Shocking, intimate and often bemusing to outsiders, the modern art produced by a small group of young Afghans would come as a surprise to connoisseurs who stalk the galleries of New York, London and Tokyo. At work in… Read More

Portraits

We Are The Not Dead – Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War

We Are The Not Dead – Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War

Posted November 14th, 2012

Afghanistan, England, Photography, Portraits

“Photographer Lalage Snow, who is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan, embarked on an 8-month-long project titled We Are The Not Dead featuring portraits of soldiers from Britian before, during, and after their deployment in Afghanistan,” writes MyModernMet. “Similar to Claire Felicie’s series of monochromatic triptychs,… Read More

News

Looted art returned to Afghanistan

Looted art returned to Afghanistan

Posted July 20th, 2012

Afghanistan, Art Theft, News

“The British Museum has assisted in the return of 843 artefacts to Afghanistan, almost 20 years after they were stolen or smuggled abroad. The items include examples of the Begram Ivories, seen at the British Museum’s Afghanistan 2011 exhibition, and an important sculpture of Buddha…. Read More

Videos

How to use an Afghan wooden box camera “kamra-e-faoree”

How to use an Afghan wooden box camera “kamra-e-faoree”

Posted May 8th, 2012

Afghanistan, Documentaries, Photography, Videos

The Afghan Box Camera Project provides a record of the kamra-e-faoree (instant camera) which as a living form of photography is on the brink of disappearing in Afghanistan. In this video, Qalam Nabi, one of the last two remaining box camera photographers in Kabul demonstrates… Read More

Religion

Afghan museum highlights country’s Buddhist heritage

Afghan museum highlights country’s Buddhist heritage

Posted May 7th, 2012

Afghanistan, Museums, Religion

“Afghanistan achieved global notoriety when the Taliban blew up the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas 11 years ago. This week opened an exhibition that highlights the country’s rich Buddhist heritage” writes The Daily Star. As if to underline the departure from Taliban-era aesthetics, the exhibition is being… Read More

Street Art

Shamsia Hassani – Spray-painting the streets of Kabul

Shamsia Hassani – Spray-painting the streets of Kabul

Posted March 2nd, 2012

Afghanistan, Graffiti, Street Art

Inside the blackened ruin of Kabul’s cultural centre, a spray-painting of a woman in a burqa sits at the foot of a staircase to nowhere, beside a line of poetry mourning everything that has been lost to Afghanistan in three decades of violence. The painting… Read More

Islam

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Koran

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Koran

Posted January 19th, 2012

Afghanistan, Calligraphy, Islam

“An Afghan calligrapher has worked for five years to create the world’s biggest Koran, a bid to show the world that Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war. The lavish book has pages 2.28 meters… Read More

Videos

Hidden treasures from Afghanistan revisited

Hidden treasures from Afghanistan revisited

Posted December 14th, 2011

Afghanistan, Documentaries, Videos

The “Hidden treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul exhibition is no longer on view, but it has created quite a lot of material on the web worthwhile checking out. This is not for people with an attention span of ten seconds, but if… Read More

Museums

At the Kabul Museum – Cool under Fire

At the Kabul Museum – Cool under Fire

Posted October 27th, 2011

Afghanistan, Museums

In Afghanistan not even the museum pieces are safe. Rory Stewart, writer, explorer and politician, returns to Kabul to capture the perilous existence—and enduring power—of its treasures … From INTELLGENT LIFE magazine: “Two vast and mostly trunkless legs of stone stand in the hall; near… Read More