Archive for May, 2005

Writing the Constitution

May 19, 2005

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Here’s an image of a new work full of interest – both in terms of its political content, its extensive texts, and the innovative use of the map as another kind of framing device for the narrative.

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The texts (in Pashtu and Dari) have been translated to read: “Afghan Islamic Interim Government – people in the making of their constitution” and “The management of the handicraft province of Herat – the village of Faris Qairia” and the ‘solar calendar’ date 1483 (2004).

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On the table is a kind of agenda, signalling the priorities for a national agenda: “national unity and peace, justice, law and the constitution, food and development” etc.

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There are some text elements in the border, but maybe untranslatable?

And now Kevin Sudeith uncovers the source – this poster! The source was an American soldier in Paktika province in Afghanistan from last fall. And are any of the figures identifiable? See Kevin’s comment below…

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Caucasian precedent

May 10, 2005

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Graham Gower has referred me to Vugar Dadashov, who is at the Sheik Safi website for Caucasian Rugs (the specific entry for this rug is here). This remarkable figurative commemorative rug from Azerbaijan shows how widespread is the rug tradition which allows for visual commentary on the experience of war.

Vugar writes “It is a very special rug, 60 years old, which was made after the Second World War, commemorating the survival and return of a family member. The date is 1945.