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Varial July 11, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Afghanistan.
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Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan 2011

Varial (aka Cédric Houin, b. 1978, France) is a visual artist living between Paris, New York and Montreal.  Self taught, his work is a constant visual exploration – mix of creative and art direction, photography, video and illustration – inspired by demanding experiences both physically and spiritually which questions our relationship to images. He has received over twenty prizes with photographic and interactive works and has collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, TV5, Quebec Council for Media and Arts, the Society for Arts and Technology and numerous creative agencies in North America. His recent works about the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan have been published in the New York Times and have been awarded by Exposure and the  PDN annual 2012.

About the Photograph:

“This image was shot in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, where I traveled last year working on a documentary/art project called Wakhan: Another Afghanistan. The intimacy of this everyday life moment, shot inside of a family yurt, is in total contrast with the harsh environment these nomadic tribes live in. Here a married Kyrgyz woman in a white veil, and her non married daughter (in red veil) are sewing with a machine (The Butterfly) made in China. On the right we notice a television and a sound console. These tribes live weeks away from any village by foot. In spite of being located at an altitude of 4,300 meters in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan they are equipped with solar panels, satellite dishes and cellphones. Ancestral ways of living, with touches of modernity.”

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