The first comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Afghan visual arts “Nimrouz” is a demonstration of the unflinching presence of the artists who, despite the disastrous storm confronting the honorable Afghan community, do not sink in the silence, who cleave this rocky clay and smooth the journey for the generations to come.
Gathering this collection, I did all I could to form an integral layout of art works by the most prolific and known Afghan contemporary visual artists under one roof, however, still the place belonging to the precious presence of some other valid artists in the last decades seems unfilled.
The Noble artists who have passed away, such as Ustad Brishna, Rahi, Mimangi, who trained so many students and gave many valuable services to this country’s art community, and other known and valid artists whom despite all efforts I could not reach and contact, to have their works in this collection.
On the other hand, due to the numerous dimensions of this event which there was no prior model for, that looking to it makes me enable to enlighten the dark road ahead, and because this event was planned completely independent and without support from any organization, and beyond any political approach, there are defects in the implementation process which could not be avoided.
But, despite all the difficulties among this long road, the most important purpose of “Nimrouz” which is reviving the passion of living in a torn apart body, is reached in a satisfying level of conditions.
In this collection, for the first time Afghanistan’s artists are brought together from all corners of the world in order to find the fragments of this torn apart body as a united whole. To see themselves in the about world from its point of view, to become aware of their wounds and graces, and take steps towards what they can be, and what they want to be, with a better perception of whom they really are. Strong steps which leave footprints on the snow and cheer one to pursue him or herself. Creation and crafting a possibility, in a harshly erosive, harshly unpleasant world, and this is the greatest quality of art.