AAS invites you to the opening of the exhibition
From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Belonging, Memories, and Identity
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Exhibit Hall B South (adjacent to the Book Exhibit)
March 23-24, 2018
9am to 5pm
Photographs by Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz
Exhibit Facebook page
In 1892, Rabindranatha Tagore wrote a short story in Bengali about a man from a distant land—Afghanistan—living in Kolkata. Since then, the Kabuliwala has taken on a life of its own, with translations in many Indian and foreign languages as well as cinematic adaptations and theatrical performances. While until a few decades ago, real Kabuliwalas were a common sight on the streets of Kolkata, as in most cities of north and central India, today stereotypes and standard attributes have formed an ambiguous image of these people.
Inspired by this story, Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz, two journalist-cum-photographers, embarked on a project about the Kabuliwalas of Kolkata that touches upon social transformations ...