Kabul exhibit attempts to heal through art

Artists exhibit work in capital’s Queen Palace to help Afghans through the trauma of decades of war.

A contemporary art exhibition born out of the destruction suffered by Germany in the Second World War is now being staged in Afghanistan.

“Documenta” has been held in Germany every five years since the end of 1955. The idea was to heal the country after the horrors of WWII.

The curators hope the current exhibit in Kabul, which gathers mostly Afghan artists, will give Afghans a break from the trauma that surrounds them.

The merits of contemporary art are often hotly debated in the country, so the show may be a sign of a city that is growing in confidence.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports from Kabul.

Source: Al Jazeera

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