James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit Open at the Power Plant Gallery (12/9/14-2/20/15)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014

“Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul, was a scene of fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt: mud-brick homes flank open sewers, market stalls spill over from broad avenues, and winding alleyways reveal blacksmiths, corner grocers, bolani mongers, and bakers impaling warm fish-shaped loaves on nails above their shop windows.” –James Longley


Photographer and documentary filmmaker James Longley is known for his work that examines the lives of people in conflict zones. Kabul, Afghanistan, opening December 9 at the Power Plant Gallery, features a series of panoramas from a Kabul neighborhood—still images sequenced together to create one photograph—that Longley describes as “scenes united in a short, thirty-second movie.” Read more about the exhibit.

The Power Plant Gallery will host screenings of four of Longley’s films at the Full Frame Theater in January and February. There will be a closing reception for the exhibit on February 20, 2015.

Kabul, Afghanistan Exhibit
December 9, 2014–February 20, 2015
Power Plant Gallery

Third Friday Screening of Gaza Strip
January 16, 2015, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater

Closing Reception
February 20, 2015, 6–8 p.m.
Power Plant Gallery

Power Plant Gallery and Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina (Directions)

James Longley is a documentary filmmaker whose works examine the lives of people in conflict zones, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia. Longley’s 2006 film, “Iraq in Fragments”, offers an intimate view of the early years of the Iraq War through three different points of view. The film won numerous honors, including three jury awards at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award. His short, Sari’s Mother (2007), was also nominated for an Academy Award. Longley was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009 and a USA Ford Fellow in 2011. He is currently at work on a new documentary about a school in Kabul.

The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.


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