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'Kafiristan': Colour Photographs by Maureen Lines Exhibition at Goethe-Institute, Karachi

The area of the ancient Kafiristan – “land of the infidel”, situated on both sides of today’s Afghanistan border – is still the homeland of some Nuristani people and Kalash that maintained their polytheistic and animistic religion during the centuries. Due to their uncommon fair skin and hair the Nuristani people and the Kalash differ from the peoples living close to them and therefore often attracting the attention of European traveller. Coming from England to the Kalash valleys as a visitor in 1980 Maureen Lines never thought that in 2010 she would have been living there for nearly a quarter of a century. But as soon as in 1986 she returned, bringing with her a diploma as an emergency medical technician and henceforth taking care of the Kalash’s health situation. However Maureen Lines wasn’t satisfied with working simply as a barefoot doctor, but committed herself to the preservation of the Kalash’s culture heritage. Therefore she founded KEPS (Kalash Environmental Protection Society) and HKCA (Hindu Kush Conservation Association) in the early 90s and until today never ceased to advocate the Kalash’s needs.

The exhibition presents impressive colour photographs made by Maureen Lines during the last 30 years in order to document the Kalash’s cultural inheritance. Inauguration: Thursday, 26th October 2010, 6 pm
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