The photo exhibition titled 'Afghanistan, My Country; the World, My Home' was inaugurated on Thursday January 22, 2015 at the ECO Cultural Institute, attended by Iftikhar Husain Arif, President of ECO Cultural Institute, Mohammad Afsar Rahbin, Cultural Attaché of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Iran, Seyed Nezamoddin Mousavi, Managing Director of Fars News Agency and a group of young Afghan photographers.
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, organized by the ECO Cultural Institute in collaboration with cultural department of the embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran and the Innovative Photography Society of Afghanistan, President of the ECO Cultural Institute stated: " The exhibition highlights the beauty and soul of the land and the people of Afghanistan while challenging existing perceptions of the war-torn country."
Pointing out the power of arts, he said: "The power of arts to promote peace lies in their emotive nature; arts can help nations feel the sorrow of violence and help to instill a desire and commitment to work for peace."
Later at the event, Mohammad Afsar Rahbin, Cultural Attaché of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, appreciated the ECO Cultural Institute for arranging the exhibition and said: "In the competitive world of media, photograph plays an important role in the introduction and understanding of the facts and events".
He also emphasized the continuance of organizing similar exhibitions and expressed that: "exhibitions of photographs should be organized in which an inclusive image of Afghanistan is displayed."
Reza Heydari, Secretary of the Innovative Photography Society of Afghanistan, briefed the audience on the activities of the Society and the arrangements made for organizing the exhibition.
"Collection of works for the exhibition took six months; it was a joint effort by a group of artists and photographers. I hope that more editions of the exhibition with some fresh pictures will be held in the future."
The event showcases 50 photos by 36 Afghan photographers, reflecting people of Afghanistan daily life.