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October 28 - December 2, 2014
Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont

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Reflections

Reflections

Posted on Nov 7, 2014

The activity around (Un)Governed Spaces didn’t end at our opening – the first event within Usdan Gallery was a paneled discussion, “Reflections,” with visiting scholars. Both scholars provided an useful perspective to students, as Sonia Ahsan and Jawan Shir Rasikh are burgeoning scholars in the field, still within the process of discovery very familiar to current undergraduate […]

(Un)Governed Spaces opening

(Un)Governed Spaces opening

Posted on Oct 29, 2014

(Un)Governed Spaces opened to a large crowd Tuesday night, with opening remarks by Gregory Thielker and Noah Coburn. The pair talked briefly about the six year process from idea to reality. The focus of the talk lay on the impact of collaboration on the artistic and curatorial process and the development of multi-layered perspectives of […]

Displaying Culture installation

Displaying Culture installation

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

This past week the students of Displaying Culture installed their work in the social space alongside Gregory Thielker’s exhibition work.

About (Un)governed Spaces

This exhibition by artist Gregory Thielker and anthropologist Noah Coburn confronts the challenges of representing different perceptions of conflict in Afghanistan. Featuring a thirty-five foot long panoramic painting of the Shomali Plain north of Kabul as well as smaller paintings, photographs, video, written accounts, and interviews, the exhibit takes stock of the present political and social upheaval in Afghanistan as well as looks back to the history of conflict and forward to the legacy of US intervention. In the panorama installation, dramatic mountains and lush fields contrast with barbed wire and concrete of the base, creating a representation of the fractured political and social lives that people lead around the Bagram Airbase. The exhibit creates a space for viewers to think and talk about the future of Afghanistan and US foreign policy through a series of talks, special events, and interactive works.

About the collaborators

– Noah Coburn in Istalif, 2012.

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– Gregory Thielker in Bamiyan, 2013. (more…)

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Additional contributors to the project have included;  research assistants in Afghanistan through the United States Institute for Peace, Kabul, students from The College of New Jersey through the generous support of the MUSE program, and Bennington College students participating in advanced study with Dr. Coburn.  Production assistance has also been provided by Harry Murtha (installation) and Chris Botta (sound design).

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