Cul­ture Redux

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com­menc­ing in May.

M’al d’ Ar­chive is an in­stance of guerilla film­mak­ing. It has been shot with a Canon 6D, em­ployed an iPod for sound de­sign and re­volves around the Sri Lankan civil war when Kankana­malage left the coun­try. Kalinga Vithanage acted as the direc­tor of photography. Most of the ac­tion has been filmed at the cou­ple’s home in Hamil­ton, On­tario. They have a two year old son. Kankana­malage says her true ob­jec­tive was to en­able her son to connect with his roots and home­land.

launched a com­pe­ti­tion at the end of 2014 to build a cul­tural site in the Bamiyan Val­ley in the cen­tral high­lands of Afghanistan. The ini­tia­tive has been taken in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Afghan Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture. The val­ley had been de­clared a UNESCO cul­tural site where two sev­enth cen­tury stat­ues of Bud­dha that at­tracted tourism were de­stroyed by the Tal­iban.

The pro­posal for re­con­struc­tion was named De­scrip­tive Mem­ory: The Eter­nal Pres­ence of Ab­sence. The win­ning pro­posal of an Ar­gen­tine ar­chi­tect, Car­los Nahuel Re­cabar­ren, was se­lected from the 1,070 en­tries by a panel of seven ex­perts. The win­ning de­sign in­cor­po­rates im­pres­sive brick-built pas­sage­ways and in­te­gra­tion into the land­scape. The project will cost ap­prox­i­mately $2.5 mil­lion and the newly built struc­tures will sur­round a public plaza and park which will serve as a meet­ing place. It will also have a re­flect­ing pool at one side.

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