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The panel of artists and curators in “The Afghan Seminars: A Position of Documenta (13)/Kabul/Bamiyan/Kassel,” at the Standehaus in Kassel, Germany, June 7, 2012
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Documenta 13

by Emily Nathan

One might wonder why on earth Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the curator of Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany, June 9-Sept. 16, 2012, would choose to hold two years of art lectures and workshops in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. The Afghan Seminars, as they are called, took place between 2010 and 2012 in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University and a host of other cultural institutions -- and considering the current conditions of the country’s social and political landscape, such a decision might seem naive, or even dangerous.


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