In London, the Aga Khan Foundation announces the opening of The Silk Road: A Living History, an open-air photography exhibition by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer. Comprised of over 160 photographs, the exhibition invites the viewer to take a journey from London to Beijing, encountering many of the people, places and cultures along the ancient trade route. The exhibition’s linear design creates a physical route for viewers offering them the chance to travel by proxy. The exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of cultural expressions found along the Silk Road, to highlight examples of how historical practices, rituals and customs live on today, and also to reveal some of the connections between what appear at first glance to be very different cultures.
The Aga Khan Centre Gallery in London is presenting Making Paradise, a major new exhibition that explores the concept of Eden through an Islamic garden design. Realised in collaboration with all three institutions of the Aga Khan Centre, the show brings together 19 international multimedia artists, each of whom will present an interpretation of the concept of Al-Jannah - the Garden of Eden, or Paradise, in Islam. Alongside its work, the gallery will display digital reproductions of specific works from the Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection, many of which are being made accessible to UK audiences for the first time.
In London, the Silk Road, a new outdoor exhibition, attempts to capture images of trade, of peoples, and of empires long fallen through a series of stunning photographs taken by photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer during 2019, who travelled along the historic trade route that was once known as the Silk Road. The exhibition is presented by the Aga Khan Foundation and refers to an ancient trade route connecting the Western world with the Middle East and Asia. The free exhibition runs until 16 June.
The Qutb Shahi Tombs, the 16th Century necropolis and one of Hyderabad’s most known heritage tourism sites, is set for a new chapter. The combined efforts of the Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will soon see the 106-acre premises donning the mantle of a one-of-its kind heritage park. According to Ratish Nanda, CEO of AKTC India, almost 60 percent of the works have been completed so far. "In 2021, conservation works are being undertaken on over a dozen monuments including five baolis. These works will be completed by 2024," he said.