Afghanculturemuseum and National Archives – Kabul

Exhibition Archives-e-Millie Kabul – April 25 till July 25, 2016

Inspired by Mrs Masuma Nazari, Director of the museum, with Patrick Pleutin, Mohammad Mehdi Zafari, Pascale Bastide, and Students in Arts from Kabul University

“An Afghan cultural Identity ?”

This exhibition intends to guide the visitor through different media to a possible answer to that question, which could only be resolved by linking the past and the present.

From the entrance two embroidered textiles with the words “conservation” and “future” great the visitor, a path bordered by chalk works representing ideograms meant to whet the curiosity, leads him or her to the entrance of the museum.

In the first room put on large table, a hand-made painted book , an original piece of art, shows how documents of the past can seem as contemporary and seduce a young audience.

To invite the visitor to troll through all the galleries, poems are written with a flourish calligraphy on the 30 window desks presenting documents, miniatures and photographies.

In the first gallery, on the right hand side, two niches have been filled up with enlarged miniatures, representing a woman and a man to emphasize the delicacy of the drawing and the colour, moreover the scale of the personages creates an immediate feeling of otherness.

The third room welcomes a flat screen TV monitor, harmoniously integrated in the antique furniture of the National Archives. It presents the concept of the virtual Afghanculturemuseum whose the digital expression enables to mix 4.000 B.C. works of art with the contemporary daily life of the Afghan people.

In the  last room, under the watchful eyes of a young man of the 15th Century,  another enlarged miniature entitled “Timeless treasure”, a short film, after a text of Atiq Rahimi , composed of different types of images from The National Archives and enriched by live calligraphies, praise the different ethnic groups of Afghanistan, a delicate richness to be cherished.

All the glasses of the doors, as a magical gesture, have been decorated with white painted copies of flowers inspired by details of miniatures, turning the entire museum into an immense herbarium.

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