In 2002, Masood Kamandy (BFA 2004 Photography) visited Afghanistan for the first time, both to discover his parents’ home country and to investigate the state of photographic education there. Since that visit, Kamandy has worked with BFA Photography Department Chair Stephen Frailey to set up a photography program at Kabul University, the first of its kind in the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The results of Kamandy’s efforts are on display at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, in “First Light: Teaching Photography in Kabul,” an exhibition of photographs by 15 Afghan students from Kabul University, curated by Kamandy. The exhibition is on view October 21 – November 12; Reception: Tuesday, October 25, 6 – 8pm. There will also be a benefit on Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 9pm, to raise funds to sustain the program, create a fellowship and endow the hiring of Afghan faculty. To purchase fundraiser tickets, contact Lou Egnasko at 212.260.7607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also three other BFA Photography Department shows at the gallery concurrently with “First Light”: “Bad Dog, Bad, Bad Dog,” an exhibition of selected works from recent graduates, curated by Frailey; “Lizzie Leigh Horan,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of 2004 alumna Lizzie Leigh Horan, curated by Gerry Vezzuso; and “Person, Place or Thing,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of 2005 graduate Peter Hoang, curated by Billy Sullivan.
Image: Photograph by Mohammad Yaseen Rasuli.