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Afghanistan finished at the British Museum, after an extended run that won both the Museum and Real Studios' design a torrent of positive publicity. Through use of imagery, lighting and placement, the exhibition's design evokes the region's past and present. Afghanistan places the discoveries from separate archeological digs within the context of this battle-torn land's media exposure, and uses that context to highlight the value of its remaining treasures. Real Studios placed huge graphic backdrops depicting the largely barren, mountainous terrain at the start of the exhibition.

Starting with a film documenting the perilous circumstances in which the treasures have survived. The exhibition design groups together exceptional finds from each dig, including the shimmering golden crown of a nomad princess. Rooms grow increasingly dark as the exhibition progresses bringing focus to the context and contents of each find, letting the artefacts speak for themselves.

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