The body of work presented in this exhibition, The Uprooted Tree, focuses on identity, memory, exile and displacement expressed through painting and installation works based on a recent journey back to Alavi’s homeland in the Daikundi province of Afghanistan. Undertaken at the end of 2013, Alavi returned to his hometown for the first time in 24 years, a place he was forced to flee with family as a child. Returning to the remote mountain village of his birth, where his family roots remain was a profoundly moving experience for him; one through which he was able to meet again family and friends, people he had once known, and who knew him, and then to the very house Alavi was born, reconnecting with people and landscapes that have haunted his thoughts and dreams all his life.
Read more about this exhibition: Home is the place you left.
Photography by: Emilio Fernandez & David Tran