The open letter, penned by Arts for Afghanistan, is signed by artists including Susan Meiselas, Hank Willis Thomas, Walid Raad, and more.
Two of PEN International’s members, Abdullah Atefi and Dawa Khan Menapal, were reportedly murdered by Taliban forces earlier this month.
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.
“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.
An Afghan artist who enacted a performance against sexual molestation in a crowded Kabul marketplace has been forced into hiding, AFP reported.