The Scholars Gild on Summer Vacation

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See you in the fall on September 17th for our first of the season Scholars evening!

“I, Afghanistan, entered a dreadful era once again after years of building my identity. The present is intensely dark all around me, I can’t see my steps, when I try to walk, it hurts, when I run, I fall on my face, the only option I have is to freeze and face the dark, but I am named the land of lions, so I choose to walk rather than surrendering even if it hurts and the future looks unpredictable. Still, I will be pushing my boundaries”

The photographic art of Hikmatullah Kharoti presents a deeply personal and evocative exploration of Afghanistan’s turbulent history and present-day struggles. It delves into the Country’s enduring resilience amid relentless conflict and hardship. The impact of forty-four years of continuous war has scarred the landscape and the cultural identity of the country. Despite the darkness and unpredictability of the future, Kharoti’s photographs celebrate the everyday resilience of Afghan life, moments of normalcy, the beauty of the people, and the
natural beauty of the country itself. The photographs draw inspiration from the resilience of Afghan children, particularly highlighting the challenges faced by girls who are deprived of basic rights, including education, healthcare, and safety.

Through his art, Hikmatullah Kharoti will illuminate the struggles and inherent strength of Afghanistan and its people, offering a poignant reminder of the country’s rich cultural heritage and the enduring hope for a better future.

Our speaker, Hikmatullah Kharoti, is an Afghan photographer known for his work that captures the realities of life in Afghanistan. His photography often focuses on social issues, highlighting the everyday struggles and resilience of the Afghan people, including the plight of women and children under challenging circumstances. Kharoti’s work is recognized for its emotional depth and ability to convey powerful stories through visual art. Just 27 years old, he is an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Contemporary. An initiative of the Institute of International Education, the Artist Protection Fund provides support for artists to work at host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their artwork and plan for their future.

Meeting ID: 870 3686 9112 Passcode: 957929
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