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What Do Detroit and Kabul Have in Common? Exhibit Brings Photographers from Across the Globe Together

Courtesy of Darkroom Detroit

Image from student at the Baale Parwaz Library in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Young women in Detroit, Michigan and Kabul, Afghanistan are connecting through a virtual photo exchange program. 

Detroit to Kabul” is a new photo exhibit arranged by Darkroom Detroit, a non-profit organization committed to changing visual narratives through photography.

The exhibit, which opens at the Loading Dock Gallery at Ponyride this Saturday, July 14th, to show new perspectives from two very different communities. The exhibit will open alongside Ponyride’s one-day Christmas in July maker’s market also happening on Saturday.

Eleanor Oakes, the founder and executive director of Darkroom, speaks with WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper about how the exhibit came together.

Courtesy of Darkroom Detroit

Image from student at the Baale Parwaz Library in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Detroit to Kabul connection began because Oakes had a friend who was working with youth in Afghanistan who “thought it would be great to have the students connect, basically, using images to do a virtual exchange program between their two cities,” she says. 

It’s amazing to see how people can connect regardless of where they’re from even regardless of language,” adds Oakes. 

 

Image credit: Deena Allen

Aired on: CultureShift
About the Author

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Producer / Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.

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