Afghanistan in paint

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Afghanistan in paint
5th November 2014

Over the past five years, Arabella lived and worked alongside the local people and the armed forces across Afghanistan. She chronicled their lives and stories in a series of paintings and works on paper.
 
The exhibition is a response to the unfolding narrative she witnessed and an insight into how individual’s lives are shaped by conflict, struggle and shared moments of strength.
 
Her work runs through the dusty landscapes of Helmand province, along the roads of Afghanistan’s recent history and into the everyday lives of Afghan families.
 
In the UK, Arabella has charted the stories of returning soldiers as they face the reality of life at home and the after effects of conflict. 
 
The exhibition’s sponsor Mirwais Alizai, 35, is an Afghan entrepreneur who grew up in Helmand province.
 
As a teenager he became the sole breadwinner for his family following the death of his father and has gone on to found a successful ICT business enterprise, GTR, that contributes to his vision of a self-sustained Afghan economy. 
The exhibition, Before the Dawn is open now until the 15th of November at  La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, London.
 

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