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Lida Abdul

Landscapes of Remembrance

By Rebecca Catching

An Afghan artist's video monuments provide
an outlet for fantasy and lament as her country rebuilds

BRICK SELLERS OF KABUL, 2006, 16 mm film transfer to video. Courtesy the artist.

Wind whips across the plain, creating a curtain of dust that nearly obliterates a sturdy, flat-roofed building in the distance. Copper-skinned young boys clad in camouflage colors—gray, khaki, brown and green—line up, each bearing a brick that they hand to a man with a shock of unruly hair and a pained expression. In return,

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