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You can’t travel, but there’s a new show about 40,000km of the Silk Road

29 March 2021

From 8 April to 16 June, in London, the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) will present a free outdoor exhibition about the world’s oldest trade route. Created by travel photographer and AKF (UK)'s Head of Communications, Christopher Wilton-Steer, The Silk Road: A Living History comprises more than 160 images, which are as varied and stunning as the countries and regions Christopher visited. There are mist-shrouded Indian temples, whirling dervishes, remote desert dunes, bustling ports, but there are also humbler scenes like craftsmen and women making and decorating household items and camel caravans carrying their cargoes. "At a time when we are unable to travel, I hope that this exhibition will provide visitors with an escape from the UK into other worlds far away," says Wilton-Steer. His show documents the diversity of cultures found along the Silk Road in the twenty-first century, and investigates how tradition and modernity compete with each other.