Afghan refugee Amin didn’t feel comfortable telling director Jonas Poher Rasmussen his story without a way to conceal his identity. Rasmussen explains the process to Hyperallergic.
Cultural Workers in Afghanistan Make Urgent Plea for Help as Humanitarian Conditions Decline
“Jobless, futureless, in constant fear of arrest and death at the hands of the Taliban, we do not live but merely exist,” says an open letter published by Artists at Risk.
How War Shaped Afghanistan’s Weaving Traditions
With Afghanistan’s “war rugs” a traditional art form was updated in response to the country’s brutal invasions by other nations.
“Open Your Borders”: A Print Sale Benefits Afghan Nationals
Freelance writer Rona Akbari partnered with artist Aishwarya Srivastava for a print sale fundraiser to support Afghan nationals who are facing illness and starvation.
With Afghan Artists at Risk, Hundreds Sign Letter Asking US to Protect Them
The open letter, penned by Arts for Afghanistan, is signed by artists including Susan Meiselas, Hank Willis Thomas, Walid Raad, and more.
Writers’ Organization Issues Dire Warning After Members Reportedly Murdered by Taliban
Two of PEN International’s members, Abdullah Atefi and Dawa Khan Menapal, were reportedly murdered by Taliban forces earlier this month.
Afghan Artists and Writers Urge US to Keep Embassy Open
The Afghan American Artists and Writers Association has supported calls for the United States government to keep its embassy in the capital open “at all costs” to protect refugees.
Capturing the Moments Between Bullets and Bombs
Like many accomplished photojournalists, James Hill’s work exists in a blurred space between reportage and fine art.
The Demolished Buddhas of Bamiyan Are Reborn as 3D Projections
This month the two sixth-century Buddhas of Bamiyan demolished in Afghanistan were temporarily returned to their towering places in the Bamiyan cliffs through 3D projection.
Portraits of Afghani Women Imprisoned for “Moral” Crimes
“The female prison population in Afghanistan overwhelmingly consists of individuals who are serving 5-to-15-year sentences for moral crimes,” Gabriela Maj writes in Almond Garden: Portraits from the Women’s Prisons in Afghanistan, out next month from Daylight Books.
Arming Kabul’s Girls with Skateboards
“She was wearing such a beautiful color, a sort of inky teal,” photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson said of the Afghan girl with the carefully tied headscarf whose portrait she took last year.
Traditional Craft Meets Conflict in Afghan War Rugs
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — War and conflict have long had a role in the production of art.