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19-24th June 2023


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Afghani War Rugs Reimagined, a thought-provoking visual art exhibition by artist Ghafar Tajmohammad will run at the Yorkton Workshop in Hackney from June 19th until June 24th, commissioned by Counterpoints Arts, supported by Arts Council England and partnered with Afghan Association London Harrow.

The exhibition invites visitors to explore Ghafar Tajmohammad’s personal reinterpretations of Afghan War Rugs. Through a unique blend of art and oral history the exhibition showcases expanded paintings, handwoven rugs, and engaging audio and text narratives that go beyond the pictorial symbols of conflict and violence, to examine instead the lived migration elements of the Afghan diaspora in the UK.

Delve into the rich tapestry of Afghan culture and gain insight into the experiences of the multigenerational Afghan diaspora living in the UK.

This exhibition serves as a response to the recent events surrounding the Fall of Kabul in August 2021, aiming to preserve memories and encourage dialogue between cultures.

Reserve your free tickets now by clicking the button below.

Conflict Textiles Workshop

Date: June 19th, 11:00-15:00 PM

Description: Conflict Textiles curator Roberta Bacic will facilitate a ‘hands on’ textile workshop linked to the Afghani War Rugs Reimagined exhibition and Refugee Week.

Private View

Date: June 22nd, 6:00-9:00 PM

Description: Join us for an exclusive Private View of “Afghani War Rugs Reimagined” exhibition. This event offers an opportunity to explore Ghafar Tajmohammad’s captivating artworks until late hours, accompanied by refreshment. Experience the exhibition in a lively setting and a chance to meet and hear from the artist.

Drop-in Rug Weaving Workshop

Date: Throughout the exhibition period

Description: Engage with the interactive installation of a large loom during the Drop-in Rug Weaving Workshop. Witness the transformation of the artwork as the loom gradually becomes more complete over the course of the exhibition. Join artist Ghafar Tajmohammad in this immersive experience where you can actively participate in the weaving process. Visit the workshop during gallery hours to be part of this unique artistic endeavor.

Panel Discussion on Afghan Art and Artists featuring Lazo Studio

Date: June 24th, 1pm

Description: Join artist Ghafar Tajmohammad, Hedieh Wojgani and Naseer Yasna for a stimulating Panel Discussion on Afghan Art and Artists. Hear from active members of the Afghan creative community about the cultural significance of Afghan art in this bilingual event, provided in English and Dari. Gain insights from Ghafar Tajmohammad for his reinterpretations of Afghan War Rugs, and discover the artistic vision of Lazo Studios, an art, design, and wood crafting atelier founded by Hedieh and Naseer who worked in Afghanistan. Limited tickets are available for this talk, which will feature catered traditional Afghan food.

For media inquiries and further information regarding this exhibition, please contact:

Ghafar Tajmohammad, Artist


Tom Green, Senior Producer, Counterpoints Arts


The exhibition is open from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th (not 20th) from 12 noon – 5pm, with the exception of Private View which opens until 9pm.

19 - 24 JUN 2023


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