Featured Artist: Varial
WAKHAN, another AFGHANISTAN by Varial Cédric Houin, in collaboration with Fabrice Nadjari - Arsenal Montreal from 17 October to 21 December 2013
Wakhan, another Afghanistan is a multidisciplinary exhibition of works by Franco-Canadian artist Varial Cédric Houin, in special collaboration with Fabrice Nadjari. Featured works in this project include photography, video and a feature-length art film.This multi-platform documentary made of several photo projects, a book and short art videos has been reviewed and published by the New York Times, BBC, CNN, ABC, National Public Radio and on television on PBS.
In 2011, Varial and Fabrice embarked on a life-changing journey through the Wakhan Corridor in northeastern Afghanistan. Originally a quest to understand the enduring fascination for this part of the world by the likes of explorers such as Marco Polo or Joseph Kessel, the expedition rapidly became a personal voyage into raw human truths and what lies under social constructs that fill our days as Westerners. This project is not about the ongoing 30-year war in Afghanistan, but the fact that it was produced in a region of Aghanistan that is unaffected by conflict or the Taliban regime is, in and of itself, a political act.
This exhibition documents Varial and Fabrice Nadjari’s 400km adventure along the Wakhan corridor, from the Himalayas and Hindu Kush mountain ranges to the border of China. In so doing, they were able to film and capture snapshots of the rural lives of two co-existing tribes, the Wakhi people and the Kyrgyz inhabitants. In the words of Varial, “the physical journey to capture the essence of peoples so resilient in their lifelong battle with the natural elements, was one comparable to the inherent process any artist must suffer to produce a body of work.” This exhibition is intended to put on view the human spirit and culminates as a celebration of dignity and purity—devoid of any criticism.Read more