Over 1,000 Afghans came through to Babur Gardens on the second day of Eid celebrations – making for enormous crowds at our first Kabul exhibition. The majority of the crowds were men and boys, but families did arrive and several groups of women joined the throngs. It was a lively event with many Afghans taking their photos in front of the images with cellphone cameras.
It was great to see so much interactions with the photos and many asked us questions about WHY. Why are your bringing these photos here. WHO is it for? It created a series of conversations with large groups of young men about their country, their thoughts on the exhibition overall, and which photos they liked best.
The next day we set up the exhibition at the Kabul Zoo in a courtyard between the bears and the vultures. We got there before 7am to give us time to configure the set up in relative quiet. We were still moving images around when crowds began to gather.
As it was the third and final day of Eid, there were hundreds of Afghans that came through the exhibition before noon.
Three successful exhibitions completed in Afghanistan – just wait for we have coming up next!
In 2008 Mountain2Mountain launched the Streets of Afghanistan project, facilitating a collaboration of Afghan and Western photographers to document Afghan life through the rarely seen Afghan lens, immersing the viewer in the landscapes and faces of Afghanistan, transporting them directly into the culture and mindset of the country’s people. After touring the U.S. the exhibit of 29, 10×17 photographs now returns to the Afghan people. Follow along as we bring the exhibition back to Afghanistan.
photos by Di Zinno