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Art And Anthropology In Afghanistan

Bennington College
You can see the barbed wire and concrete of Bagram air base in the distance of this panorama of a lush valley in Afghanistan.

Walk into a gallery space in Bennington right now and you'll be surrounded by a thirty-five foot long curved painting of a valley in Afghanistan outside Bagram air base. The gallery is filled with sounds from the bazaar's and villages in the valley. Interviews with local Afghans hang on the walls. It's an immersive, complicated portrait of a complicated place created by an anthropologist and an artist working together as a team.

We talk to Noah Coburn, anthropology professor at Bennington College, and Greg Thielker, art professor at The College of New Jersey, about their collaboration, their time in Afghanistan, and the work they've produced.

The exhibit, (Un)Governed Spaces, is on display at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College until December 2nd.

Also on the show, we'll talk to local documentary cinematographer, Andy Mitchell, about what it's like to film sharks and about the new series of interactive discussions he's starting up in Middlebury.

Broadcast live on Thursday, November 20 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.