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EXHIBITION ITINERARY


The National Museum of World Culture (SE) Danish museum of photography (DK)  SpazioReale (CH)  Munch Gallery (US) Nikolaj Copenhagen contemporary art center (DK)

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EXHIBITION ITINERARY


The National Museum of World Culture (SE) Danish museum of photography (DK)  SpazioReale (CH)  Munch Gallery (US) Nikolaj Copenhagen contemporary art center (DK)

Afghan Tales is appropriate for exhibition in venues for contemporary art, photography, cultural exchange, and other high profile public or private exhibition spaces. It is an exhibition that has gained significant media attention and deeply engages its audience. The Afghan Tales exhibition is also very suitable for educational purposes, providing visiting school classes with entry points for a variety of interesting topics to explore and debate. 

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The National Museum of World Culture


Södra Vägen 54 . 412 54 Göteborg . Sweden

April 2016 - Jan 2017

The National Museum of World Culture


Södra Vägen 54 . 412 54 Göteborg . Sweden

April 2016 - Jan 2017

Commerce & Culture is delighted to announce that Afghan Tales will be exhibited in one of Sweden’s major cultural institutions, the National Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. The exhibition is programmed to run from April 2016 through to January 2017. During the forthcoming months we will work closely with the museum’s curators and production team, and together develop the best possible presentation of Afghan Tales within the beautiful space of the National Museum of World Culture.

 

 

 

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Herning -Danish Museum of Photography


Museumsgade 28 . 7400 Herning . Denmark

Thu, Jan 30, 2015  Sat, Apr 19, 2015

Herning -Danish Museum of Photography


Museumsgade 28 . 7400 Herning . Denmark

Thu, Jan 30, 2015  Sat, Apr 19, 2015

Denmark’s Photo Museum in West Jutland, houses 535 sq. meters of exhibition space, which hosts permanent exhibitions on the technological development of Photography, as well as changing temporary photography exhibitions.

 

Danmarks Fotomuseum - AFGHAN TALES Press Release

Med fotoudstillingen Afghan Tales præsenterer Danmarks Fotomuseum og Commerce & Culture en unik samling af det bedste inden for afghansk samtidsfotografi, med værker af mere end 20 unge afghanske fotografer, der arbejder inden for kunstfotografi, dokumentarisme og pressefotografi. At se Afghanistan gennem afghanske fotografers virke, muliggør en sjældent intim tilstedeværelse i øjeblikke, processer og konflikter i både den offentlige og private sfære, og viser således betydningen af hverdagslivet. Udstillingen byder både på serier og enkeltstående fotografier af kraftfulde, poetiske og humoristiske kvaliteter, og præsenterer derved publikum for overraskende og tankevækkende aspekter i et land med mange facetter, som vi alle kender til, men kun de færreste af os ved ret meget om. Det er første gang, et dansk publikum får mulighed for at se Afghanistan med afghanske fotografers blik.

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Nikolaj- COPENHAGEN CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER


Nikolaj Plads 10 . 1067 København K . Denmark

Thu, Nov 27, 2014  Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Nikolaj- COPENHAGEN CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER


Nikolaj Plads 10 . 1067 København K . Denmark

Thu, Nov 27, 2014  Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center is one of the leading exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Denmark and is located in one of the nations oldest churches. The Art Center hosts an annual 5-6 Danish and international exhibitions, installed throughout the church’s three charismatic galleries. The changing exhibitions reflect and address current political, social and cultural issues through a broad variety of genres and media.

 

Nikolaj Kunsthal - AFGHAN TALES Press Release

Afghan Tales is a unique collection of the best contemporary Afghan photography featuring work by more than 20 Afghan photographers operating within art photography, documentary and press photography.

Seeing Afghanistan through the eyes of Afghan photographers enables a rarely achieved intimate presence in moments, processes, and conflicts in both public and private spheres, bringing a sensitivity to the significance of everyday life and the conditions formative to their strategies and events.

The exhibition comprises both series and single images of powerful, poetic, and humorous qualities presenting the audience with surprising aspects of a multifaceted country we all know of, but only few know much about.

 

 

Nikolaj Kunsthal exhibition INTERVIEW : THOMAS DAMGAARD ABOUT AFGHAN PHOTOGRAPHERS’ TALES

AFGHAN PHOTOGRAPHERS’ TALES 

By Christina Reventlov

The photo exhibition Afghan Tales documents new sides of Afghan culture and everyday life. One of the originators of the exhibition, Thomas Damgaard of Commerce & Culture, here presents the background of the exhibition.

Images of war leave a clear trace. And the Western presentation of Afghan culture is indeed highly characterised by war, terror, oppression of women and the Taliban. But there is another reality, and this is the one that Afghan Tales aims to capture. Not through the lenses of Western European photographers but through the local Afghan photographers’ recordings with many – and often unexpected – facets.

Afghan Tales is about challenging people’s notions about Afghanistan. The local Afghan photographers present their national culture in a notably different way than Western photographers. Through their view of Afghanistan, we can have our understanding of Afghanistan nuanced and broadened, so that we see whole new dimensions of everyday Afghan life
— Thomas Damgaard, founder and partner Commerce & Culture

Together with his partner Morten Nilsson, he is the originator of the exhibition Afghan Tales.The idea for it arose out of a wish to be able to tell a more nuanced cultural story than the one typically conveyed by Western media.

To him, the exhibition offers the opportunity to give the Afghans a voice for themselves to define their reality and history, while at the same time providing the Afghan photographers with a platform from which to strengthen their international networks.

The image as cultural understanding

Thomas Damgaard expects that the exhibition will both surprise and challenge Danish notions of Afghanistan and provide a deeper insight into a country in which Denmark has had a military presence for nearly ten years. He thinks this is an important exhibition since our cultural preconceptions significantly influence the way we act:

The understanding we have of Afghan culture is important. We have had a lengthy engagement there due to the war. We have an image of Afghanistan and based on this, we form our opinions. We are actively involved, and therefore we are also obliged to understand the country on its own terms
— Thomas Damgaard, founder and partner Commerce & Culture

Asks more questions than it answers

Thomas Damgaard stresses that the exhibition does not have a political aim. It is a photographic exhibition, allowing Afghan photographers to communicate their stories, ideas and messages. And despite the fact that these works have been made by local Afghan photographers, they do not come across as one joint story. In fact, the exhibition touches on many different themes and represents a variety of photographic styles.

In 2010, Thomas Damgaard and Morten Nilsson founded Commerce & Culture, a socio-economic enterprise to support and promote photographers in the Global South.

The story behind the exhibition
Thomas first got acquainted with Afghan photographers at the end of 2011 when he, Morten Nilsson and their enterprise Commerce & Culture were invited to Afghanistan by The Danish Centre for Culture and Development and The Danish Embassy in Kabul. The purpose of this visit was to contribute to the development of Afghan photography. It was in this connection he made contact with a network of the best local photographers and initiated the founding of the organisation Afghan Photography Network (APN).

APN is a professional network of photographers, aiming, among other things, to improve the working conditions for photographers in Afghanistan and not least to safeguard their copyrights. At the same time, APN works to support the photographers in further developing their material and their networking opportunities. It was through this that Thomas discovered the quality and depth of Afghan photography that would later provide the point of departure for Afghan Tales:

‘These photos represented a broad conception of the state of affairs in Afghanistan. Far broader than what is usually being communicated. After all, this is often all about war and nothing else.”


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New York - Munch Gallery


245 Broome St . New York City . NY 10002 . US

Sat, Mar 15, 2014  Sun, Apr 20, 2014

New York - Munch Gallery


245 Broome St . New York City . NY 10002 . US

Sat, Mar 15, 2014  Sun, Apr 20, 2014

The privately owned Munch Gallery located in Lower Manhatten, New York, represents a number of North American and international contemporary artists. Alongside exhibitions by the represented artists, Munch Gallery hosts temporary exhibitions of varying themes.

 

Munch Gallery - AFGHAN TALES Press Release

Commerce & Culture and Munch Gallery is pleased to present the US Launch of AFGHAN TALES  – a group exhibition by 30 Afghan photographers ranging from internationally featured photojournalists to artists working in photography.

Ever since the invasion in 2001 images of US soldiers, tanks, and people grieving their dead have dominated Western media’s portrayal of Afghanistan. But what does the country look like seen through the eyes of Afghan photographers?

AFGHAN TALES invites us to see a different Afghanistan – a country of surprising complexity, contrast, and change.

Traditional, yet modern. Destroyed, yet whole. Grieving, yet optimistic. These contrasts create the background for millions of lives lived in the landscapes and cityscapes of Afghanistan. The photos in the exhibition document a country that is rapidly changing, but is still fundamentally influenced by tradition and religion.

In just 10 years Afghans have started rebuilding their shattered lives. Life is slowly returning to Kabul, a city of more than 4.5 million people. Lively markets and traffic jams fill the avenues under the mountains. Brick factory fires are burning around the clock to meet demands for new houses. Children are returning to school and in 2004 women were allowed to vote for the very first time in the country’s first democratic election. Afghans are again savoring the joys of all that was banned by the Taliban: taking pictures, eating out, and weddings with dancing and singing.

The immense contrasts in Afghan everyday life are captured by the AFGHAN TALES photographers. Women are covered in burqas, but they are also wearing heels. A balloon salesman carrying shiny, colored balloons passes by an old, abandoned palace. As the debate about stoning is raging, the pop-culture phenomenon of 'Afghan Star', a popular television show that searches for talented, young singers, is experiencing tremendous success. The longing for fame and fortune is also present in Afghanistan. 

As such there are definite signs of progress, but in a country as complex as Afghanistan not all is what it seems. There is a remarkable disparity between the apparent improvements and the struggles still going on behind the scenes. 

The AFGHAN TALES project is a selection of the best of Afghan contemporary photography. It’s an independent project initiated by Commerce & Culture who has been working with promotion and talent development of Afghan photographers since 2010 though the establishment of Afghan Photography Network, A.P.N.

The exhibition will travel Europe and the United States over a 36-month period starting in March 2014. 
In the US, AFGHAN TALES is represented by Munch Gallery.

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Monte Carasso- SpazioReale


4 El CunvéntMonte Carasso . TI 6513 . Switzerland 

Sat, Oct 5, 2013 - Sun, Nov 24, 2013

Monte Carasso- SpazioReale


4 El CunvéntMonte Carasso . TI 6513 . Switzerland 

Sat, Oct 5, 2013 - Sun, Nov 24, 2013

SpazioReale is an exhibition space located in the basement of the Old Augustinian Convent in the mountainous Monte Carasso in Switzerland. SpazioReale shows photography, video and multimedia exhibitions that focus on the boundary between art and the documentation of reality.

 

SpazioReale - AFGHAN TALES ( lo sguardo dei suoi fotografi ) Press Release

AFGHANISTAN lo sguardo dei suoi fotografi

ll 4 ottobre alle 18.30 siete cordialmente invitati all'inaugurazione ufficiale della nuova esposizione a SpazioReale. AFGHANISTAN: LO SGUARDO DEI SUOI FOTOGRAFI. È il viaggio d'autunno che vi invitiamo a compiere questa volta, alla scoperta di una realtà straordinaria e troppo spesso proposta unicamente da una prospettiva occidentale. SpazioReale propone invece la prospettiva di 19 giovani fotografi e fotografe afgani.

L'esposizione rimarrà aperta dal 5 ottobre al 24 novembre 2013, il venerdì dalle 16 alle 19, sabato e domenica dalle 14 alle 18. Le fotografie esposte sono in vendita. Maggiori informazioni direttamente a SpazioReale.

Il 6 ottobre alle 17.30 nella sala dell'Antico Convento delle Agostiniane, EventiReali propone l'incontro con la fotografa afgfana Hanifa Nafas. Nata nel 1989 in una delle province più pericolose dell'Afghanistan, Hanifa vive e lavora a Kabul. Attraverso la fotografia affronta temi scottanti quali la condizione femminile e il ruolo delle donne nella società afgana. Di questo e d'altro ancora parlerà nel corso di questo incontro con il pubblico. Traduzione simultanea dall'inglese all'italiano.