On the side of the Vincent Mentzel exhibition, a few photographs of Marieke van der Velden were shown. The self-professed storyteller spent a Monday in Kabul in 2013 and shows us the life of the ordinary Afghani living their life, without that Talibans. With nothing big going on, we see people enjoying being together for a picnic, a walk in a park or a gathering near the mosque. Refreshing pictures of people laughing and profiting of the mild weather. In 2021, these pictures give of course another insight, as one cannot forget to draw a parrallel with the current situation in Afghanistan.

Baghe Babur Park ©Marieke van der Velden
Square around Blue Mosque during New Years Day ©Marieke van der Velden
Meeting with my Women’s Group ©Marieke van der Velden