Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Weaving rugs is an Afghan art form that goes back a thousand years. Traditionally, rugs were woven in non-figurative styles, but Afghan weavers over the past century have abandoned tradition in exchange for producing pictorial images that tell the war-torn history of Afghanistan, often from a refugee’s point of view. In his lecture, Refuge, Survival, and Strings of Wool, Wali Hairan will weave his tale of the art and culture of war rugs, learned by so many refugees as a means of survival.
RSVP’s required, please contact the Museum at: 860.443.2545 ext. 129 or email us.
Bio: I’m Wali (simply Wali). Born 2 hours north of Kabul near the largest American military airbase in Afghanistan. Our house was burnt when I was just 10 months old during the brutal reign of Taliban. We fled the country and moved to Pakistan (to a refugee camp), where we stayed until I was 7. It was during our refugee life in the camp where I learned how to make rugs. The time span between our return to Afghanistan and my first year at Connecticut College will take a book to explain so I will skip that. I study Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Chinese at Conn, where I am also the co-president of our entrepreneurship club called Launch.