Commerce & Culture is a social enterprise that connects photographers from the global south to the global market - creating jobs and vivid dialogue
Latest news from our blog:
Images from the opening of Afghan Tales i Copenhagen Contemporary Art centre Nikolaj Kunsthal. Launched March 2014, the traveling exhibition Afghan Tales includes a diverse selection of more than 25 photographers, both male and female, ranging from internationally featured photojournalists to artists working in photography
Commerce & Culture on social media:
The Commerce & Culture Stock Program combines a complete 2 year educational program, workshops and online training with a portal to create and sell images to communication and advertising agencies worldwide. We hope that these few students’ stories and video vignettes give you a sense of what the Commerce & Culture Stock Program has to offer.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BARAT ALI BATOOR
featured in our traveling exhibition Afghan Tales
THE DANCING BOYS OF AFGHANISTAN, 2010
Bacha baazi is the name of a cultural tradition of young boys, dressed as women, dancing for men as entertainment. The dancing boys are called bacha bereesh (boys without beards). A young boy will live in the keep of a powerful man and he will dress as a woman and dance for parties of men. Many times he will also be sexually exploited. Many years of war have caused a breakdown in Afghan society and an abuse of power by those in control. The tradition of bacha baazi has become increasingly more common and many young boys are kidnapped and abducted into the practice. Homeless children and orphans are especially vulnerable.