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Afghan Eyes focus on Mir Centre and Touchstones Nelson

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 4th, 2011

An alternate perspective about the realities of life in the province of Kandahar is the subject of a shared exhibition this month between Touchstones Nelson and Castlegar’s Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College.

Called Kandahar Through Afghan Eyes 2010, the exhibit is a series of 30 photographs accompanied by a poem or narrative created by 15 male and female students selected from schools throughout Kandahar City in Afghanistan.

These students were trained for six weeks on the principles of photography, journalism and Pashto literature.

“This exhibit portrays the challenges and opportunities of the next generation,” said chair of Mir Centre for Peace, Randy Janzen.

“These students visited different parts of the province and photographed the daily lives of Kandaharis. It allows us to get a glimpse of scenes and situations that have rarely been viewed by those living outside the province.”

Supported by Canadian International Development Agency, this project was organized in conjunction with the Afghan Innovative Consulting Bureau, a community-based organization located in Kandahar.

Ten of the original 30 panels of the exhibit are coming to the West Kootenay region. Seven will be on display at the Mir Centre for Peace in Castlegar and three will be at Touchstones Nelson – Museum of Art and History until February 18, 2011.

The Mir Centre for Peace is located at Selkirk College’s Castlegar campus and is open to the public from 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays. Touchstones Nelson will have the remaining three panels available for free viewing in their lobby during their hours of operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12-4 p.m.

Call 352-8262 or 365-1234 or visit for more information.

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