Christopher Kremmer (author of The Carpet Wars, 2002) surprised his audience in his opening speech at the opening of the first exhibition of The Rugs of War, and the Australian National University School of Art Gallery, 13 June, 2003. When we asked him to open the show, he admitted, he decided “I must make a confession; I never liked war rugs.”
Notwithstanding this provocative introduction (hence my title above) many of those present found his eloquent comments on why these works deserve closer attention extremely moving:
Their authors may have been illiterate in their own languages… but that didn’t stop them articulating their response to the madness of the war that was destroying their country. Simultaneously, they recorded history, and turned it into art.
Read the full text on the Embassy of Afghanistan website here.