Monday, November 21, 2011


Kabul Kids is a curatorial project I have been working away on for the last six months or so with co curator Palwesha Yusaf. If you are in Sydney come down to Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Parramatta this Friday for the panel discussion of Kabul Kids, featuring SBS Dateline's YALDA HAKIM, Palwesha Yusaf, Candy Royalle, and Bilquis Ghani.


Kabul Kids is the result of a photography project that was undertaken in 2009 by Sydney-based freelance photographer Palwesha Yusaf, aiming to shed light on the perspectives of children in conflict situations while providing a creative outlet to the children of war-ravaged Afghanistan.

A group of children (three female, three male) between the ages of nine and eighteen years from Hope House, a Kabul orphanage run by Australian aid organisation Mahboba’s Promise, took part in several photography workshops covering composition, light, subject and technique. They were then handed a camera with which to document their life and explore their creativity both within and outside of the orphanage enclave.

The result is a series of images that depict intimate scenes of friendship and communal living at the orphanage, creating something akin to an ‘orphan’s family album’. Other images depict honest and compelling street scenes from the centre of Kabul and its surrounding environment, with some of the most raw coming from the eldest participant, Ibrahim, who has since gone on to enrol with the AINA photo media agency in Kabul.


Time: 6:30 pm
Exhibition open from 6 – 9pm
Date: Friday 25th November
Address: 8 Victoria Road (Switch Digital Arts Centre)
Parramatta NSW 2150

For some more images and info: kids

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