Meet the new generation of Afghan ar­ti­sans

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From the 1970s on, the civil un­rest, Soviet in­va­sion and United States bomb­ing of Afghanistan forced many of the coun­try’s ar­ti­sans out of the coun­try. But in 2006, a British non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion “Turquoise Moun­tain” was founded to train a new generation of Afghan ar­ti­sans. This exhibition show­cases their work. Vis­i­tors can walk through wooden ar­cades, screens and pav­il­ions carved from Hi­malayan Cedar, with car­pets, jewellery and calligraphy also on dis­play. The pieces are com­ple­mented by videos and pho­to­graphs of the Afghans who made them. Turquoise Moun­tain: Artists Trans­form­ing Afghanistan runs at the Sack­ler Gallery of the Smith­so­nian’s mu­se­ums of Asian art in Wash­ing­ton DC un­til Oc­to­ber 29. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.asia.si.edu.

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