Atiq Rahimi at National Archives – Kabul

” An Afghan Cultural Identity ? ”

Exhibition at National Archives from April 25 till July 25, 2016.

A collaboration National Archives & Afghanculturemuseum.

With Atiq Rahimi, Bismillah Khusravi, Patrick Pleutin, Pascale Bastide

“My culture is genuinely plural. So, my cultural identity is defined by its interaction with the Indian, Persian-speaking, Arabic, Turkish and Chinese civilizations.

Seventy two nations shall hear from us their secrets. We chant the air of two hundred religions on a single note of flute.

The mixture of ethnic groups and cultures, the richness of this land is threatened by the wars, let us wish ardently the peace to protect this very unique wealth of ours” Atiq Rahimi

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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Beautify Kabul – Artists Graffiti

‘Ordinary heroes’

“All people are living in fear so with this art, we can change the look of the city, and give a message of peace to the people and a message of acceptance of each other,” Maryam Kohi says.

“We want to shift the paradigm of heroism in Afghanistan,” Kabir Mokamel says. “It has always been heroes with guns or with swords, you know?

“So we want to celebrate the people that we see every day who are working on the street.”

“It’s time for Afghanistan and for the world to contribute something else other than weapons and war,” Mokamel says.

“We have been through war for the past 36 years, it’s really time to give art and artists a chance.”

From Jennifer Glasse’s Blog on Al Jazeera

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7th century Buddha – Kabul

Zafar Paiman Excavations

My name is Zafar Paiman, I was born in Kabul. I am archeologist. Thanks to a scholarship, I came to France to study. I live in Paris.

I started  to excavate in Afghanistan, mainly Kabul and its region, since 2003. The sites are Khwaja Safa, Tepe Narenj , Qol-e-Tut and Kunjakaï, 22km west of Kabul.

The recent excavations show that Kabul was still Buddhist in the early 11th century when Islam was already there in the current territory of Afghanistan.

I just completed a book that will be released soon : “The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery At Kabul Buddhist Art During the First Muslim Raids Against the Town”

 

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Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation, in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.

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Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation and Bodhisattva standing in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.

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Tepe Narenj zone 3 chapel 3 , sculptures standing against the south wall of the chapel, from left to right, bodhisattva, secular character (military) wearing boots and a secular character or princely type of sculpture Central India (all clay).

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Tepe Narenj zone 3, chapel 4 – Heads of buddhas, clay stucco, 6th-7th century.

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Tepe Narenj  zone 3 – Chapel 2 . A 4 stone columns stupa, the base is 2.06 m side, unique in the World until today   – 8th/9th century probably 10th.

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Tepe Narenj  zone 14, Buddha in meditation, discovered in 2010. Dating 7th 8th century.

Zarif in Paris

Poésie, Exposition & Vente Privée at Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt

A l’occasion de la soirée d’ouverture du samedi 29 novembre de 18h à 21h 
 
Nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir notre invitée Leili Anvar, maître de conférence en langue & littérature persane
 
Projection de deux documentaires par Awaz Kabul 
Kabul Underground, (26min), documentary produced in 2011
Zarif “Precious” (26min), documentary produced in 2011
From Kabul with Love 
Afghanistan 2007-2013 | Photographies par Sandra Calligaro

Horaires

Samedi 29 novembre de 12h à 21h

Dimanche 30 novembre, lundi 1er & mardi 2 décembre de 12h à 18h

 

Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt 
10 rue de Turenne
75004 Paris 
+33 (0) 6 661 71 7518

 

Mehdi Amini at French Institute Kabul

 

promo Mehdi AMINIAfghan cartoonist Mehdi Amini displays his skillful work entitled “Dirtied Taliban Hands” that offers social and political commentary on the role of women in Afghanistan and government policies toward the Taliban.

continue on : www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16084-afghan-cartoonist-exhibits-skill-political-critique

Zarif Design at Nikki Diana Marquardt Gallery Paris

From Thursday 8 till Sunday 11, May 2014

10 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris

Zolaykha Sherzad invites you to discover, exclusively in France, her new collection.

Private party on Thursday, May 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm (RSVP)

Hours:  Thursday and Friday from 12:00am to 10:00pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12:00am to 6:00pm

Contact: zarifparis@gmail.com & mobile: 00 33 6 61 71 75 18

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Du jeudi 8 au dimanche 11 mai 2014

10 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris

10 rues

Zolaykha Sherzad vous invite à découvrir, en exclusivité en France, sa nouvelle collection

Soirée privée le jeudi 8 mai de 18h à 22h (RSVP) Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt

Horaires : jeudi et vendredi de 12h à 22h

samedi et dimanche de 12h à 18h

 Contact :  zarifparis@gmail.com & mobile : 00 33 6 61 71 75 18

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Conversations with Zarlasht

 

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This episode of “Conversations With Zarlasht” is about Shekeb Yaghi, a Hip Hop/rap singer who also studies at the American university of Afghanistan and works in a construction company, Shekeb also talks about the future of Rap/Hip Hop music.

http://www.filmannex.com/webtv/zarlashtsarmast/movie/conversations-with-zarlasht-3/40822

 

Portrait : Abdul Qasem Foushanji

Abul Qasem Foushanji – aka Dark Artery – born in 1987 (Afghanistan) is an Afghan freelance artist. His creates mostly Abstract artworks in mediums of painting/illustration, sound, and mixed media.

Along with his family, he spent 18 years of his life in Iran.

For about four years, during his childhood, he learned Realism painting from his Armenian master but after that he never went through any academy for arts.

He was graduated from high school in Tehran in 2004, and it was the same year that he came back to his origin, Afghanistan.

As Metal music has been a part of his life, and it was all a new life experience in India, Qasem started painting in the field of Modern Art in his second year of staying in that country (2007).

At that time his art (mostly paintings and drawings at that time) were more linked to the theme of “weakness and the failure of human body”.

After coming back from India, he continued working on paintings more concentrated, and was selected as one of Top10 artists for the 2nd Afghan Contemporary Art Prize.

Since then, his works have been on several group exhibitions in Kabul, while recently chosen to exhibit for dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany as well as for its Kabul exhibition.

Qasem often reflects the unclean and dark aspects of life, believing “most of the people ignore such aspects, because it is not beautiful, but showing it more can help to create solutions.”

He is currently focused on creating more multimedia works. He also plays bass and writes the lyrics for Afghanistan’s only Metal band District Unknown. The artists that he is inspired by are Björk, Mogwai, Clyfford Still, and Salvador Dali.

 

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Portrait : Zarlacht Sarmastand

 

Zarlasht Sarmastand women’s rights activist born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. She started her television career at the age of 11 in 2006 presenting and producing radio segments for the “Powerful Youth”, a programme broadcasted at RTA (Radio Television Afghanistan) radio station. Due to her talent, later on she was invited to produce and present “Future Makers,” a TV programme funded by JICKA and broadcasted also in RTA, featuring young peace ambassadors and movers and shakers throughout the country whom were very active in their communities and working in the peace-building on the nation. In 2008, she joined the production team of “CSA: Crime Scene Afghanistan” as the youngest TV presenter and producer along with award-winner journalists Amin Hanqo and Zabiullah Arya to produce and anchor the weekly youth segment on Children and Youth’s right in Afghanistan. Funded by UNAMA, the TV programme promoted the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2011, Zarlasht was named as Afghanistan’s Youth Peace Ambassador by the Afghan National Jirga for her constant work advocating for youth’s and women’s right. Some of her latest projects include the 2013 Sound Central Music Festival for the Youth, “We Believe in Balloons” peace campaign and arts installation, “Creative Despite War” film project, among others. She is currently working in the production of a web series called “Conversations with Zarlasht” featuring interviews focusing on the artists, politicians, musicians, and citizens that are living and working in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is also applying to different university programmes and scholarships opportunities to study Human Rights and Journalism.

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Portrait : Zolaykha Sherzad

Zolaykha Sherzad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where she lived until the age of ten. When the Soviets invaded in 1979, Zolaykha and her family were forced to flee and settled as political refugees in Switzerland.

Trained as an architect, Zolaykha received her Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology.

In 2000, she founded School of Hope, a non-profit organization that has successfully rebuilt and supported primary and secondary schools in rural Afghanistan.

In 2004, she started Zarif Design (Zarif means “precious” in Farsi) to help revive the Afghan artistic culture.

Today Zarif Design employs 50 Afghan women and men who, from their homes and one workshops in the old city of Kabul, revive traditional Afghan textiles and create strikingly unique and magnificently finished jackets and coats.

 

 

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Are you ready to get your hands on beautiful, handmade clothing? Email zarif@zarifdesign.com, view the contact information or visit http://www.farandwidecollective.com/collections/jackets to purchase something now.

 

 

 

The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery at Kabul

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Stupa , H 2,80m , W of the base 2,06m

 

Scientific publication by Zafar Paiman, Director of excavations. Volume 1 , Collège de France Publications

Written primarily in French and Dari but with a good summary in English.

This is the final report of the Afghan excavations at Tepe Narenj , started and entirely directed by the author.

Tepe Narenj is the name given to a rocky spur located in the Southern part of Kabul. It was entirely covered by Islamic graves when the dig begun. The ancient remains hidden under  these graves are now entirely cleared and preserved. Two nearby places could also be excavated, smaller than the main dig, but yielding impressive results. All the excavated buildings belong to the latest period of a huge mahasanghika monastery dating back to the 2nd or 3rd  c. A.D., now entirely covered by multiple layers of graves belonging to one of the most important and revered Islamic cemeteries in Kabul, where it is now impossible to conduct archaeological excavations. They were filled with colossal clay statues.
The stratigraphic analysis and the coins demonstrate that most of these buildings and statues were made after 870 A.D., i.e. at after the first Arab raids against Kabul. This volume contains the description and the fullest possible illustration of the finds (buildings, sculptures, ceramics, coins). Volume II will contain the historical and art comments.

To buy this volume :
http://www.deboccard.com/index.php?id_lang=3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait : Mehdi Zafari

My name is Mehdi Zafari, born in 1983 in Ghazni province of Afghanistan in the Gol-Kuh village in the district of Qarah Bagh.

I am studying Anthropology at the EHESS in Paris, France, I am also a documentary filmmaker.

When I was a child, during the Soviet Union invasion, our house was bombed by the Soviet killing eight of my family.  Following that tragedy, my family decided to take refugee first in Pakistan and then in Iran.  I finished my school in Iran, a country with which we share the same language and religion.

With the fall of Taliban regime I decided to go back to my country in order to continue my education. A year later, I entered Kabul University, Fine Arts section.

The faculty lacked expert teachers and equipments. The workshops launched by foreign embassies were our only hope for knowledge and experience.

In 2006, I entered a course on documentary filmmaking delivered by the French Film School Ateliers Varan. Since then I have participated in a summer school on Cinema and Human Rights held in conjunction with the Venice Film Festival in Italy, participated in the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale-Talent Campus, attended the French National Film School La Fémis Documentary Summer School, attended the  “5 sur 5” Film Festival held in La Louviere Belgium and took part in a Film Editing course provided by Ateliers Varan in Kabul and some workshop in Paris at INA.

In 2009 Ateliers Varan workshop, along with my former French professor, I served as assistant trainer for a new group of 10 young film students.

In October and November 2010, I was working as Trainer and Training Coordinator in a production and training documentary program for young film students in Afghanistan called Community Supported Film from Boston, USA.

 

 

Lida Abdul Exhibition Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon

Lida Abdul was born in Kabul in 1973. She is based in USA since the late eighties. She returns regularly to Afghanistan which is the main theme of her work. It has been defined as “a beauty that hurts”.

"White House 4"
Lambda print on aluminium 240 x180 cm

“White House 4”
Lambda print on aluminium 240 x180 cm

Exhibition started in January 18 and will run till March 31, 2013