Contrary to popular belief Afghanistan is not constantly on fire. This isn't really a fact that needs to be stated, but too often the photography of Afghanistan shows more doom and bloodshed than people living their lives. Think of Afghan Tales as the hopeful other side of the coin, the hope that shows people able to live, love and enjoy life even through adversity. It is actually almost impossible to review this show without showing a bias towards the situation in it's country of origin. One can't say anything about Afghanistan without mentioning the ongoing series of awful events that we are shown every day. Unable to be removed from that context the exhibition is colored by it. If we were looking at a group of smiling people around a pool in Liechtenstein, or other non war torn countries the viewer wouldn't think twice about it. the exhibition will be appreciated fully understanding of the dichotomy it shows between what we are seeing and what we normally assume happens, but that knowledge is not entirely necessary. Even the most politically uninformed and disinterested person (who happens to wander in to the exhibition about Afghanistan?) can appreciate the work of the 20+ Afghan photographers shown here.
Photos by Antonio Williams