The somber depictions of Afghan women on Kabul’s rutted streets offer rare public insight into their lives, still marred by violence and injustice despite progress in women’s rights since the Taliban was toppled over a decade ago.
In an abandoned textile factory, Hassani spray-painted a wall with six willowy figures in sky-blue burqas, who rise out of the ground like ghosts.
"In three decades of war, women have had to carry the greatest burdens on their shoulders," Hassani, who also works in the faculty of fine arts at Kabul University, told Reuters.
Her friend and fellow artist Qasem Foushanji, 25, said he avoids images he describes as cliché, such as the Taliban, but wants to produce socially political art about aspects of Afghan life that “make people go nuts, like women being beaten.”"
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A “liberal,” “educated,” “modern” Afghan journalist’s idea of funny, posted on facebook, complete with smiley face.
Hahaha, spousal murder in a culture with endemic sexual violence is SUCH a hoot.
Excellent ‘Whither Afghanistan?” from the FT.
It sounds bleak, but looking around, I’ve reached many of the same conclusions myself. The only hope is that a younger generation have seen some what they could have and have seen too much of what they don’t want. They really are the only ones that can face the tribal elders and ethnic warlords playing their age-old games of divide and rule and say, ‘enough’.