Meet the new generation of Afghan artisans
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.