In this exhibition, artist Gregory Thielker and anthropologist Noah Coburn confront the challenges of representing different perceptions of conflict in Afghanistan. The exhibition focuses on the region surrounding the US military base at Bagram, where the collaborators conducted on-site research for the last three years. Here, a rich history of military occupation from Alexander the Great to Soviet Occupation to Taliban and finally, current US military has created a crossroads of past and present. Images and texts portray conflicting narratives that represent the fractured political and social lives opeople lead around the base.
The exhibition functions as a discussion space with interactive works by Bennington College students designed to reflect on Afghanistan and US foreign policy. These projects extend the conversation, asking us to think about connections between art and anthropology, landscape and history, power and perception.