A new Afghan generation of artists

A group of young Afhgan artists want to change the way the world sees them. Infamous for its wars, the Taliban and scarce women rights, over years Afghanistan has earned a reputation hard to overcome. When you think of street art (or any type of art, really) happening in a place like that, it feels as a breath of fresh air.


Female street artist in Kabul

She’s a woman and paints women on the walls of Kabul. Much of her work is also done digitally on pictures of those streets, when she wouldn’t be able to graffiti live due to security reasons. Guitars in hand with strong and defined shoulders, with or without burka, the women she draws talk about their inclusion in society.

Shamsia Hassani has exhibited her work in India, Iran, Germany, Italy, US and more, but she has not left Afghanistan. She’s currently a lecturer at the Arts University in Kabul and is determined to bring contemporary art out from museums and closer to people, where it could inspire them the most.

Shamsia: “Usually I am painting women with burqas in modernism shape on walls, I want to talk about their life, to find some way to remove them from darkness, to open their mind, to bring some positive changes, trying to remove all bad memories of war from everybody’s mind with covering sad city’s walls with happy colors.”




You can read an interesting interview done by The Culture Trip, where the artist talks about her work and how contemporary art in Afghanistan is important.


More Afghanistan contemporary artists

There are some initiatives showcasing her and other Afghan contemporary art works. If you take a look at the Kabul Art Project site, you’ll find an impressive list of artists trying to make their way through out of the dust with their creative work. There are few women in that list and a lot of talent to be seen. Paintings, photography, sculptures, digital art, music, they do it all.




If you’d like to see more female inspiring stories from the new Afghanistan, take a look at the short film showcase from filmmaker Delphine Renou.