Harris Art Center is hosting Lisa Schnellinger’s, “Beyond the Mountains: The Interior Life of Afghanistan,” a photography exhibit, as its August show for 2012.
In this unusual show, Lisa takes us with her for an inside view of Afghanistan beyond the headlines. The special series of color prints allows viewers to walk among ordinary Afghans on their own scale. Life sized portratits on satin glow and move with the light, as they drift among walls of mountain landscapes. Expanded from its first showings in Jasper and Blue Ridge in 2010 and 2011, the exhibit of 28 large photographs are arranged to make best use of the natural light and open space.
Though Americans have heard much about Afghanistan for more than a decade, few have seen it in the way that this Pickens County resident has viewed. She and her husband Tom Willard moved to post-Taliban Afghanistan in 2002 and have continued to work there over the past 10 years. They helped to create and sustain a national Afghan-owned news agency, and supported the rebuilding of a girls’ school.
The show’s sponsor, John Seibel Photography of Dawsonville, is producing most of the prints. He has donated many hours in pre-production and designing the show.
“Beyond the Mountains,” is free to the public every Monday through Friday. The show will open August 20 and run through September 14.
Lisa and Tom also will give a presentation to offer their personal insights and experience on Thursday September 6 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Lisa is a frequent speaker in North Georgia, and her talks are colored with stories of Afghan colleagues and friends whose lives have changed greatly in the past decade.
In addition, Afghan handmade pashmina shawls, soaps, embroidered purses, silk scarves and other textiles will be for sale during the exhibit. The goods are produced by two Afghan cooperatives in villages there, and all profits are returned to Afghanistan to support a girls school.
For more information visit BeyondTheMountain.info.