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Photo exhibition -- From Kabul to Kolkata -- set for 25th

Photo exhibition -- From Kabul to Kolkata -- set for 25th

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Mar 18, 2015 - 20:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A photo exhibition will be held at the Afghanistaninfo-icon Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) in Kabul next week, organisers said on Wednesday.

Moska Najib and Nazesh Afroz, photojournalists, embarked on a photography project centred on the Kabuliwala of Kolkata, illustrating transformations within the community over the past century.

Scheduled for March 25, the event -- From Kabul to Kolkata -- will showcase photographs inspired by the literary and aesthetic themes that were encapsulated in a short story by a renowned Bengali writer.

In 1892, Rabindranath Tagore authored that famous story about a man from a Afghanistan living in Kolkata. The Kabuliwala has since taken a life of its own with translations in many Indian and foreign languages as well as cinematographic adaptations and theatrical performances.

The two artists captured the stories of the secluded and little known settlement in the present time through documentary and staged art photography. The series will connect viewers to the themes of human bonding as narrated by Tagore.

It will also touch on the issues of loss of identity and a new sense of belonging. Viewers will experience the tension between preserving an identity and rebuilding a home in a new space.

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