Arif Bahaduri – Painter and Performer – Kabul

Born in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, in 1992

Certificates and Awards:

Participated in Vasl artist collective residency Pakistan (2017)

Certificate ,Afghan contemporary art prize, 2013 Certificate, Republic of Czech, 2010

Certificate, Amozgar Radio Station, 2010 Certificate, Universal Peace Federation, 2010

Solo exhibition

Incurable wounds, Kabul, 2013

Group Exhibitions:

Fabric ( Orielsycharthgallery) Wales, 2014

Afghan contemporary Art prize 4,  Bagh-e-Babor,Queen Palace ,Kabul,2013)

All Afghan Artists, Bagh-e-Babor, Kabul, 2012

Salaam Aftaab Festival, Third Eye photojournalism Center, Kabul, 2011

Peace Festival, Merfat Gallery, Kabul, 2010 Rewayat-e-Mazlomiat, Sarab Gallery, Kabul, 2010 New Year, Amozgar Radio Station, Kabul, 2010

International children’s’ of Fine Arts exhibition, Czech, 2010 Art for hope, France Cultural Center, Kabul, 2009

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Yossof & Zulaikha

An animated series using Miniatures belonging to the National Archives, Kabul, and based on the poem by Jami – Mawlana Nur-Al-Din’Abd al Rahman, Persian poet 1414 -1492 –

September 7, 2017, work in progress, we started the animation process with a great Afghan team. Some images very soon !

Story boarding :

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Atiq Rahimi at National Archives – Kabul

” An Afghan Cultural Identity ? ”

Exhibition at National Archives from April 25 till July 25, 2016.

A collaboration National Archives & Afghanculturemuseum.

With Atiq Rahimi, Bismillah Khusravi, Patrick Pleutin, Pascale Bastide

“My culture is genuinely plural. So, my cultural identity is defined by its interaction with the Indian, Persian-speaking, Arabic, Turkish and Chinese civilizations.

Seventy two nations shall hear from us their secrets. We chant the air of two hundred religions on a single note of flute.

The mixture of ethnic groups and cultures, the richness of this land is threatened by the wars, let us wish ardently the peace to protect this very unique wealth of ours” Atiq Rahimi

Afghanculturemuseum and National Archives – Kabul

Exhibition Archives-e-Millie Kabul – April 25 till July 25, 2016

Inspired by Mrs Masuma Nazari, Director of the museum, with Patrick Pleutin, Mohammad Mehdi Zafari, Pascale Bastide, and Students in Arts from Kabul University

“An Afghan cultural Identity ?”

This exhibition intends to guide the visitor through different media to a possible answer to that question, which could only be resolved by linking the past and the present.

From the entrance two embroidered textiles with the words “conservation” and “future” great the visitor, a path bordered by chalk works representing ideograms meant to whet the curiosity, leads him or her to the entrance of the museum.

In the first room put on large table, a hand-made painted book , an original piece of art, shows how documents of the past can seem as contemporary and seduce a young audience.

To invite the visitor to troll through all the galleries, poems are written with a flourish calligraphy on the 30 window desks presenting documents, miniatures and photographies.

In the first gallery, on the right hand side, two niches have been filled up with enlarged miniatures, representing a woman and a man to emphasize the delicacy of the drawing and the colour, moreover the scale of the personages creates an immediate feeling of otherness.

The third room welcomes a flat screen TV monitor, harmoniously integrated in the antique furniture of the National Archives. It presents the concept of the virtual Afghanculturemuseum whose the digital expression enables to mix 4.000 B.C. works of art with the contemporary daily life of the Afghan people.

In the  last room, under the watchful eyes of a young man of the 15th Century,  another enlarged miniature entitled “Timeless treasure”, a short film, after a text of Atiq Rahimi , composed of different types of images from The National Archives and enriched by live calligraphies, praise the different ethnic groups of Afghanistan, a delicate richness to be cherished.

All the glasses of the doors, as a magical gesture, have been decorated with white painted copies of flowers inspired by details of miniatures, turning the entire museum into an immense herbarium.

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Beautify Kabul – Artists Graffiti

‘Ordinary heroes’

“All people are living in fear so with this art, we can change the look of the city, and give a message of peace to the people and a message of acceptance of each other,” Maryam Kohi says.

“We want to shift the paradigm of heroism in Afghanistan,” Kabir Mokamel says. “It has always been heroes with guns or with swords, you know?

“So we want to celebrate the people that we see every day who are working on the street.”

“It’s time for Afghanistan and for the world to contribute something else other than weapons and war,” Mokamel says.

“We have been through war for the past 36 years, it’s really time to give art and artists a chance.”

From Jennifer Glasse’s Blog on Al Jazeera

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7th century Buddha – Kabul

Zafar Paiman Excavations

My name is Zafar Paiman, I was born in Kabul. I am archeologist. Thanks to a scholarship, I came to France to study. I live in Paris.

I started  to excavate in Afghanistan, mainly Kabul and its region, since 2003. The sites are Khwaja Safa, Tepe Narenj , Qol-e-Tut and Kunjakaï, 22km west of Kabul.

The recent excavations show that Kabul was still Buddhist in the early 11th century when Islam was already there in the current territory of Afghanistan.

I just completed a book that will be released soon : “The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery At Kabul Buddhist Art During the First Muslim Raids Against the Town”

 

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Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation, in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.

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Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation and Bodhisattva standing in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.

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Tepe Narenj zone 3 chapel 3 , sculptures standing against the south wall of the chapel, from left to right, bodhisattva, secular character (military) wearing boots and a secular character or princely type of sculpture Central India (all clay).

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Tepe Narenj zone 3, chapel 4 – Heads of buddhas, clay stucco, 6th-7th century.

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Tepe Narenj  zone 3 – Chapel 2 . A 4 stone columns stupa, the base is 2.06 m side, unique in the World until today   – 8th/9th century probably 10th.

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Tepe Narenj  zone 14, Buddha in meditation, discovered in 2010. Dating 7th 8th century.

Khaled Arman & Siar Hashimi – Rubab & Percussions

Rubab & Percussions
1) Ya rasul-allah
2) Gold-e par zolfo
3) Modat-e shod ke tora
4) Daramad in Shur
5) Chahar Mezrab
6) Dar Daman-e Sahra
7) Mogholi ( Solo Zerbaghali)
8) Mawsom-e Gol
9) Raga Puria-Danashri, Gat in Matta Taal
Rubab – Khaled Arman
Zerbaghali,Tabla and Dholak – Siar Hashimi
Recordings – Khaled Arman
Editing – Miass Raolson
Video – Wolgrand Ribeiro

Portrait : Shamsia Hassani

  • Ommolbanin “Shamsia Hassani born in 1988 (Iran) is an Afghan graffiti artist, and teacher at Faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University.

In her graffiti, Shamsia often paints women in Burqas, and fishes, symbols of the atmosphere flowing around her and her own life experiences.

She uses her art to help bring positive changes to people and more specifically to wash away the depressing memories of long-time war having taken place in her country.

As an Afghan girl confronting reactions motivated from traditional views, it is not always easy for Shamsia to do graffiti the way other graffiti artists would do around the world.

She would sometimes work her graffiti concepts out as drawings/paintings applied onto prints of pictures taken from different parts of Kabul: a category she calls “Dream of Graffiti.”

She was selected as one of Top10 for the 2nd Afghan Contemporary Art Prize in 2009, and since then has been part of solo and group exhibitions inside and outside of Afghanistan (e.g. Germany, Australia, Iran,  India, Vietnam, Switzerland, Denmark ).

Teaching at fine art faculty of Kabul University, Shamsia, who is also one of the founders of Berang Arts Organization, puts her best effort to exchange her contemporary arts experiences with her students and present more artists to the community.

 

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamsia-Hassani/252100761577381

Zarif in Paris

Poésie, Exposition & Vente Privée at Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt

A l’occasion de la soirée d’ouverture du samedi 29 novembre de 18h à 21h 
 
Nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir notre invitée Leili Anvar, maître de conférence en langue & littérature persane
 
Projection de deux documentaires par Awaz Kabul 
Kabul Underground, (26min), documentary produced in 2011
Zarif “Precious” (26min), documentary produced in 2011
From Kabul with Love 
Afghanistan 2007-2013 | Photographies par Sandra Calligaro

Horaires

Samedi 29 novembre de 12h à 21h

Dimanche 30 novembre, lundi 1er & mardi 2 décembre de 12h à 18h

 

Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt 
10 rue de Turenne
75004 Paris 
+33 (0) 6 661 71 7518

 

Mehdi Amini at French Institute Kabul

 

promo Mehdi AMINIAfghan cartoonist Mehdi Amini displays his skillful work entitled “Dirtied Taliban Hands” that offers social and political commentary on the role of women in Afghanistan and government policies toward the Taliban.

continue on : www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16084-afghan-cartoonist-exhibits-skill-political-critique

Wajma, une fiancée afghane

Projection vendredi 16 mai 2014 à 20 h, salle Jean Dame.

Entrée libre

17 rue Léopold Bellan 75002 Paris

Métro : Sentier ou Les Halles
La salle fait 300 places inutile de réserver.

Manifestation soutenue par la mairie du 2e, L’Autre Ecran, et l’Association Toiles et Toiles
Contact : Marie-Sylvie Rivière – Tél. : 01 42 36 48 70

Zarif Design at Nikki Diana Marquardt Gallery Paris

From Thursday 8 till Sunday 11, May 2014

10 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris

Zolaykha Sherzad invites you to discover, exclusively in France, her new collection.

Private party on Thursday, May 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm (RSVP)

Hours:  Thursday and Friday from 12:00am to 10:00pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12:00am to 6:00pm

Contact: zarifparis@gmail.com & mobile: 00 33 6 61 71 75 18

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Du jeudi 8 au dimanche 11 mai 2014

10 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris

10 rues

Zolaykha Sherzad vous invite à découvrir, en exclusivité en France, sa nouvelle collection

Soirée privée le jeudi 8 mai de 18h à 22h (RSVP) Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt

Horaires : jeudi et vendredi de 12h à 22h

samedi et dimanche de 12h à 18h

 Contact :  zarifparis@gmail.com & mobile : 00 33 6 61 71 75 18

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Conversations with Zarlasht

 

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This episode of “Conversations With Zarlasht” is about Shekeb Yaghi, a Hip Hop/rap singer who also studies at the American university of Afghanistan and works in a construction company, Shekeb also talks about the future of Rap/Hip Hop music.

http://www.filmannex.com/webtv/zarlashtsarmast/movie/conversations-with-zarlasht-3/40822

 

Afghan Rock Nights, Switzerland

In January 2014, FOCUS invites two rock bands White Page and Ariana Delawari in Switzerland during SOFA KABUL artistic exchange


Dates & Venues

10.01.14  Reitschule, Bern

11.01.14 Rote Fabrik, Zürich

17.01.14  Case à chocs,Neuchâtel

18.01.14  Rocking-chair, Vevey

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Elyas Alavi : Exhibition at French Institute Kabul

Elyas Alavi is a painter and a performer.

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Here is another work :

 

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This is a work I did here in Afghanistan. It’s called ” A journey with my grandma’s scarf to her homeland” . It’s with 2 photos on the wall. In one of the photos, my grandma’s scarf is on a rock in a very snowy mountain near my grandma’s place.

She died in exile (in Iran) last year. However I put the scarf inside ice to melt in the gallery. In a way to show her soul is back to her homeland and melt there….

Portrait : Abdul Qasem Foushanji

Abul Qasem Foushanji – aka Dark Artery – born in 1987 (Afghanistan) is an Afghan freelance artist. His creates mostly Abstract artworks in mediums of painting/illustration, sound, and mixed media.

Along with his family, he spent 18 years of his life in Iran.

For about four years, during his childhood, he learned Realism painting from his Armenian master but after that he never went through any academy for arts.

He was graduated from high school in Tehran in 2004, and it was the same year that he came back to his origin, Afghanistan.

As Metal music has been a part of his life, and it was all a new life experience in India, Qasem started painting in the field of Modern Art in his second year of staying in that country (2007).

At that time his art (mostly paintings and drawings at that time) were more linked to the theme of “weakness and the failure of human body”.

After coming back from India, he continued working on paintings more concentrated, and was selected as one of Top10 artists for the 2nd Afghan Contemporary Art Prize.

Since then, his works have been on several group exhibitions in Kabul, while recently chosen to exhibit for dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany as well as for its Kabul exhibition.

Qasem often reflects the unclean and dark aspects of life, believing “most of the people ignore such aspects, because it is not beautiful, but showing it more can help to create solutions.”

He is currently focused on creating more multimedia works. He also plays bass and writes the lyrics for Afghanistan’s only Metal band District Unknown. The artists that he is inspired by are Björk, Mogwai, Clyfford Still, and Salvador Dali.

 

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Portrait : Zarlacht Sarmastand

 

Zarlasht Sarmastand women’s rights activist born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. She started her television career at the age of 11 in 2006 presenting and producing radio segments for the “Powerful Youth”, a programme broadcasted at RTA (Radio Television Afghanistan) radio station. Due to her talent, later on she was invited to produce and present “Future Makers,” a TV programme funded by JICKA and broadcasted also in RTA, featuring young peace ambassadors and movers and shakers throughout the country whom were very active in their communities and working in the peace-building on the nation. In 2008, she joined the production team of “CSA: Crime Scene Afghanistan” as the youngest TV presenter and producer along with award-winner journalists Amin Hanqo and Zabiullah Arya to produce and anchor the weekly youth segment on Children and Youth’s right in Afghanistan. Funded by UNAMA, the TV programme promoted the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2011, Zarlasht was named as Afghanistan’s Youth Peace Ambassador by the Afghan National Jirga for her constant work advocating for youth’s and women’s right. Some of her latest projects include the 2013 Sound Central Music Festival for the Youth, “We Believe in Balloons” peace campaign and arts installation, “Creative Despite War” film project, among others. She is currently working in the production of a web series called “Conversations with Zarlasht” featuring interviews focusing on the artists, politicians, musicians, and citizens that are living and working in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is also applying to different university programmes and scholarships opportunities to study Human Rights and Journalism.

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