June 17, 2006 - Leonhardi Kulturprojekte - Young Kabul Art
June 17, 2006

Young Kabul Art

Young Kabul Art:
Rahraw Omarzad and Zpugmai Zadran

The first presentation of videoworks from members and students from the Center for Contemporary Art in Afghanistan

18/06-25/07 2006
Opening: Sunday 18 June from 2 pm

Lecture by Rahraw Omarzad:
Friday 23 June, 7 pm (at Frankfurter Kunstverein)

Artist Talk with Rahraw Omarzad:
Saturday 24 June, 2 pm (at exhibition space Gross Karben)

On June 18, Leonhardi Kulturprojekte is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Young Kabul Art, which is covered under the title vulnerable societies. By culture exchange of the arts, we expect to experience in Germany and in Afghanistan more than just a view of another society. New forms of communication have been developed through artistic experience. Artists are in this context the protagonists of a new democratic society. Current artistic work from the surrounding field of the CCAA has initiated processes for socialization and opened new fields for the artistic experience for Afghani society.
Rahraw Omarzad born in Kabul 1964, is on of the protagonists of the young Kabul art-scene. He is the founder of the Center for Contemporary Art in Afghanistan and investigates with his students new artistic styles in current photo and video works. In films like Circle, Reopening, Two-dimensional, Close Door, From the world of Darkness, Yesterday and today and Sympathy the students are dealing with current problems of their society. The photoworks from Omarzad circles around the sade wakening of the city, or about children who become the father of their own family. From a formalistic standpoint he revails himself of contemporary artistic technics. But his subject matters remains of local motives and themes. These photoworks and videoworks will be shown here for the first time out of Afghanistan.

With Rahraw Omarzad who is also the publisher of the only country-wide art magazine in Kabul, Gahnama e Hunar are workshops and discussions planned to be documented in their art magazine. We are planning one special issue of Gahnama e Hunar about public spheres and we will prepare it with works from the students and the photoworks.
Zpugmai Zadran was born 1978 in Kabul in an Afghan Family and moved to Germany, where she grew up. She attended the Städelschool of Art in Frankfurt and studied with Wolfgang Tillmans. The body of her work exhibited here, consists of photographs she produced when she travelled to Afghanistan in the summer of 2005. In her intimate pictures of her homeland she explores a cultural contrast which has become foreign to her and develops a unique perspective in both: portraits and snapshots of a vulnerable and wounded society.
The project is also under the patronage of the Goethe-Institute, Kabul.
Leonhardi Kulturprojekte e. V. was created in 2005 and is recognized as a non-profit organisation. The association is registered.

Leonhardi Kulturprojekte
Exhibition space: Parc Gross Karben, Parkstrasse, D-61184 Karben
Further informations: www.leonhardikulturprojekte.org
Mail: info@leonhardikulturprojekte.org

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