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On September 11
Notes from a journey to Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent
Islam, beauty, borderline experience, catastrophe, desert, heaven, homeland, myth, tradition, transformation, urbanity
On September 11, Sabine Vogel, curator of the exhibition on Central Asian contemporary art "No Mad’s Land", found herself travelling in Uzbekistan, on the way from Bukhara to Samarkand. In her notes she describes her impressions of Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, cities tacking back and forth between the relics of a magnificent past, Soviet structures and the new market economy. Her journey was given a surreal touch by the snippets of news slowly trickling in about the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Author: Sabine Vogel

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