UNAMA photo exhibition in Kabul showcases the resilience of Afghan life

4 Sep 2012

UNAMA photo exhibition in Kabul showcases the resilience of Afghan life

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has unveiled a 25-image rotating photo exhibition in the grounds of Bagh-e-Babur Garden in Kabul to showcase aspects of Afghan life. Please visit the UNAMA photo site to view the images on display

Eric Kanalstein, the UNAMA head of photography, said the images on display would remain on view from 30 August to 30 November and the selection of images would change every three weeks.

“The images are part of an ongoing communications effort on behalf of UNAMA photographers to help reveal the consistency of hardship, and the efforts and resilience of the Afghan spirit throughout the country to the capital. Bagh-e-Babur was chosen to display the images because it is such a beautifully reflective setting,” said Mr. Kanalstein.

The photographs in this rotating collection focus on the everyday challenges faced by Afghans in re-building their lives, their homes, their streets and their villages. Each image is a reflection of the daily struggle for survival encountered by Afghan women, children and men.

UNAMA regularly organizes photographic exhibitions highlighting relevant human rights issues facing current-day Afghanistan, including an exhibit in Kabul earlier this year on women’s and children’s rights, as well as a retrospective at the United Nations Secretariat in New York in July 2011.

Mr. Kanalstein said the work was characterized by subtlety; the motifs were drawn from ordinary daily subjects, yet possessed something exceptional in them. “The rotating body of work conveys a harmonious message of human triumph and resilience in the face of adversity and seemingly perpetual chaos.”

UNAMA hopes that the selection of images will dispel some of the misunderstandings about Afghan society, most notably the extent of the current conflict and the not-so-visible efforts of Afghan civilians to rebuild their shattered lives.

“Each photograph represents a piece of the story constantly unfolding in Afghanistan, and is meant to bring the viewer closer to the realities of life and portray the transcending human qualities that can never be bound by culture or geography,” added Mr. Kanalstein.