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  • WhenJune 25 to August 15, 2021
  • Opening
  • CuratorsNigel Lendon and Tim Bonyhady

I weave what I have seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan is a testimony to the creativity and resilience of Afghan weavers who have faced the devastating effects of war for more than forty years.

From the very start of the conflict, Afghan weavers began developing a striking new form of war art involving a complex imagery of armaments, maps, monuments, texts and portraits which soon began to find an international audience.

Emerging out of a research project undertaken at the Australian National University by Tim Bonyhady and Nigel Lendon, this exhibition investigates the history, iconography, production and distribution of these extraordinary rugs.

The Drill Hall Gallery is currently seeking appropriate venues to tour this exhibition in Australia.

Install Images

Install Images

Top image: Unknown weavers (detail). Courtesy of Nigel Lendon.

Installation images: Rob Little

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The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.