In May 2010, Being We the People opened simultaneously in Kabul and Philadelphia, enabling visitors in each country to join a dialogue started by the students. Conceived by the multi-disciplinary design studio Cheng+Snyder, the exhibits used interactive, touch-screen monitors which allowed visitors in both countries to select photographic pairings, and see their votes tallied live. Selecting pairs brought visitors into an exchange with their counterparts a world away, just as it did for the students.
In 2011, students expanded this dialogue through the use of video, capturing moment in their everyday lives and editing them into short documentary pieces which were also paired with those of their international counterparts.
The exchange continues here in the online exhibition, where visitors not only respond to pairings, but add to them by uploading their own photographs and video.
This project was made possible by generous funding from Museums Connect, a grant program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State in partnership with the American Association of Museums.