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History of US-Afghan relations remembered

History of US-Afghan relations remembered

Apr 01, 2011 - 15:42

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): A unique exhibition -- Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of US-Afghan Relations  -- recounting the rich, historical ties between the United States and Afghanistaninfo-icon is now on display in Washington.

Hosted by the Meridian International Center in partnership with the US Department of State, the exhibition displays images and facsimiles dating from 1911 through the 1970s.

These follow the first collaborations between US and Afghan engineers, educators, agricultural experts, journalists, and entrepreneurs; the numerous official visits between US and Afghan diplomats and heads of state; and the face-to-face exchanges that connected ordinary citizens from both nations for nearly a century.

The photographs depicting a wide variety of activities – spanning so many years – have never before been assembled in such a comprehensive exhibition. This unprecedented collection was created in response to a request from the US Embassy in Kabulinfo-icon and the U.S. Department of State to help advance America’s cultural outreach efforts in Afghanistan.

Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy team, which curated and organized the exhibit, relied heavily on the counsel and guidance of archivists and collections managers from the 44 lenders who generously provided the material. These included the National Archives and Records Administration of the U.S., the Library of Congress, the National Archives of Afghanistan, US Presidential Libraries, university collections, and private individuals

Through these interactions, notes Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Meridian’s Vice President for the Arts, the exhibition took on a very tangible human element and his team “discovered a fundamental truth: when American and Afghans work together toward a shared goal and value our respective cultures, there is little we cannot achieve.”

The exhibition will remain on view till May 8, before traveling to various venues around Afghanistan.


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