Joël van Houdt


7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 292-3535

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Joël van Houdt

Kuja meri?: Afghan Refugees Across the Globe

An On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan opening event

Take a rare and revealing look into the lives of Afghan women and refugees through the works of photographer Joël van Houdt and two one-act plays by Nushin Arbabzadah and Alia Bano.

Award-winning Dutch photojournalist Joël van Houdt moved to Kabul in 2010 and from 2013 to 2017 documented the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world. These photographs were exhibited together under the title Kuja meri?—“Where are you going?” in the Dari language—at the Kings Place Gallery in London (2017) and, working with the Afghan ArtLords, as a series of large-scale images displayed on blast walls in the center of Kabul (2018). After the talk, guests will join van Houdt for an onstage discussion.

This artist talk is preceded by Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan at 4:30 PM, a free premiere performance of Arbabzadah’s and Bano’s one-act plays. Today’s events mark the opening day of Ohio State’s On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan initiative, designed to bring Afghan women’s voices to the fore through storytelling and theater. All are welcome to attend a reception in Heirloom Cafe between the two programs.