Jennifer Gowen: Afghanistan – A Personal Insight

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29 September 2014 | Art Almanac

In 2011, Gowen spent time working with female students at a contemporary arts centre in Kabul, Afghanistan in her capacity as co-curator of a cultural exchange program.

This body of work, completed over a two year period, is informed by the many aspects she observed of the Afghans’ daily lives – in the context of a fragile, volatile and war-weary country that has endured 30+ years of conflict. Islamic mosques, Kabul’s spandi boys, chaotic traffic, unidentified graves on barren rocky hillsides, war-ravaged buildings, snow-capped mountains and blue Afghan burqas are a few of the memories which make up her second solo exhibition on Afghanistan.

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre

Until October 11, 2014

New South Wales

Shattered Peace, Kabul, 2013, oil on canvas, 90 x 90cm

Courtesy the artist and Shoalhaven City Arts Centre