Documents, comments (from The Bacha Posh Project)
12 prints on archival boxes, each 25,4 x 20,4 x 3 cm, chipboard bench, dimensions variable, 2018.
On his journey Mehran had his first encounter with writing on bacha posh. He produced more than 836 pages consisting of selected excerpts from books written around the time of his arrival in Kabul. His comments show his ambivalent relationship towards interpretations of gender structures in Afghanistan. While some of the comments reveal the frustration of Western travelers, other comments indicate Mehran’s speechlessness.
I have tried to assemble those comments with selected pages from Jenny Nordberg’s “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan”, a contemporary travel guide and instruction how to discover the bacha posh.