On a recent trip to New York City, ICC Managing Director Francisco Alvarez met with artist Marla Mossman. While gallery hopping and deep conversations over sushi, Marla shared the details of her very intriguing current art project.
Avidly interested in promoting arts and education, Marla began the Peace Caravan Project in 1996. Marla has been to the Silk Road region six times, most recently returning to China where she departed from Kashgar traveling the Northern and Southern protions of the Silk Road that circle the Taklamakan Desert. Her goal is to document the ancient trade route, and explore the desert origins of three of main world religions.
Her adventures include swimming across icy rivers with camera in hand, and being one of the first foreigners to visit Waras, a remote part of Central Afghanistan, on horseback, with donkey and mules. On an earlier trip to Northern India, Marla hiked and backpacked to an altitude of 18,000 ft in the Himalayas to obtain her photographs.
After learning more about this great project, and seeing a natural connection to the ICC’s current exhibition Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan Francisco invited Marla here to Toronto to share her images with the ROM audience.
This Thursday, June 7th Marla will provide a live artist talk, focusing on her photographs and experiences from Afghanistan. If you are interested in photography, travel, adventure, and the complex country of Afghanistan– don’t miss this talk! Tickets available.