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Access the Jirga

is the third section of the Kabul: Reconstructions web project (2002-07), and is based on video, audio, text and ephemera collected during the Constitutional Loya Jirga, the Afghan constitutional assembly held in a tent complex on the campus of the Kabul Polytechnic University in late December 2003 and early January 2004. The video was edited during a residency at Eyebeam Atelier in 2005 and first shown as an interactive three-channel installation there in 2006. The other elements of the web project were developed in bits and pieces over 2006 and 2007, independently and in conjunction with exhibitions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Stadsgalerij Heerlen in the Netherlands. Much of the work on the project was completed during residencies at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany and at CEPA in Buffalo, New York.


Media, design, HTML and CSS/Javascript by Mariam Ghani
PHP, MySQL, and CSS/Javascript by Ed Potter
Translation by Rubin Javid + Daud Razawi
Subtitling by Jun Zee Meyers, Chihcheng Peng + Eric Socolofsky
Special thanks to Ashraf + Rula Ghani, Sima + Hugh Calkin, Frank Lee,
Charles Traub/SVA MFA Photo Department, Ed Grazda, Kawun Kakar/CLJ UNAMA office, and Femke Lutgerink.