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Kennedy Center REACH - Skylight Pavilion

One Journey Event at the Kennedy Center: Featuring Photographer Omer Khan and Painter Jahan Ara Rafi

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One Journey Event at the Kennedy Center: Featuring Photographer Omer Khan and Painter Jahan Ara Rafi
One Journey Event at the Kennedy Center: Featuring Photographer Omer Khan and Painter Jahan Ara Rafi

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Jun 24, 2022, 6:00 PM – Jun 25, 2022, 8:00 PM

Kennedy Center REACH - Skylight Pavilion, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA

About the Event

Join us for the inaugural U.S. exhibition of photographs by renowned Afghan photographer, Omer Khan, and paintings from Afghan artist, Jahan Ara Rafi. This exhibit will open our One Journey Festival weekend with stunning art that evokes both beauty and pain, sadness and better days.

This event is FREE. Please RSVP by 6/22 to secure your ticket.

Omer Khan and his family were evacuated from Afghanistan by the US Military in August 2021. His photography shop in Afghanistan was in the US Embassy where he was physically present when the Taliban entered the building.  Escaping with only his camera and photo hard drives, he will share his story and beautiful photographs for the first time in the United States. His photography explores the country and people of Afghanistan, choosing not to focus on the war but the familiar realities of life.  See more of Omer's work at his website and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Jahan Ara Rafi is an Afghan artist and co-founder of the Centre for Women Artists in Kabul, Afghanistan. She previously worked as a full-time art teacher at SOLA, the first boarding school for girls in Kabul and funded by the US Embassy.  Unfortunately, Jahan was forced to flee Afghanistan in August when the Taliban took control of the capital. Her works focus on the limitations and the “silence” imposed on women throughout history. Since being evacuated to the U.S., Jahan hopes to resume her career as a painter.  See more of Jahan's work on Instagram and Facebook.

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