This arresting exhibition brings together recent work by two acclaimed Magnum photographers exploring the ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan. Canadian Larry Towell's gritty, intimate black and white photographs reveal the devastating effects of the war on citizens, soldiers, and the urban and rural landscapes. Donovan Wylie's large-scale colour photographs of military architecture and vast empty landscapes were taken while the British artist was imbedded with Canadian peacekeeping forces in Kandahar province. Together, these dramatic images speak volumes about the troubling social and political realities of present-day Afghanistan.
Co-presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Larry Towell’s photographs are presented with the cooperation of Museum London (London, Ontario), Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto) and Magnum Photos. The artist gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council. Donovan Wylie’s photographic series Outposts is presented with the cooperation of the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK) in partnership with the Imperial War Museum (London, UK). The photographs were produced through the Bradford Fellowship Award, a partnership between the University of Bradford, Bradford College and the National Media Museum.