Qatra Qatra presents artworks that tell the story of today Afghanistan a country torn between war and hope, and peace and uncertainty.
Qatra Qatra Darya Mehsha, “Drop by Drop it Becomes a River.” This ancient Afghan saying speaks to the importance, rather the need, for hope, patience, and determination.
This exhibition, rather than serving as yet one more reaction to recent events, is envisioned as a timely response to Afghanistan’s rich and complex story, a story that has not ended but rather continues to be told, and that includes a past, a present, and a future. The artists that have been chosen represent the multiple narratives, sub-narratives, and parallel narratives that make up Afghanistan.
Individually, each artist sends their own unique message; a visual poem against invasion and the whitewashing of history, a feminized re-reading and re-appropriation of patriarchal myths, a critique on the use of socio-religious laws, and a nostalgic reflection on parallel times long passed.And yet collectively, they come together in this exhibition as active participants in that ancient saying, as the artistic incarnations of hope, patience, and determination – because qatra qatra, drop by drop, it will become a river.