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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”
Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation, in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.
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.
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).
Tepe Narenj zone 3, chapel 4 – Heads of buddhas, clay stucco, 6th-7th century.
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.
Tepe Narenj zone 14, Buddha in meditation, discovered in 2010. Dating 7th 8th century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zolaykha Sherzad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where she lived until the age of ten. When the Soviets invaded in 1979, Zolaykha and her family were forced to flee and settled as political refugees in Switzerland.
Trained as an architect, Zolaykha received her Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology.
In 2000, she founded School of Hope, a non-profit organization that has successfully rebuilt and supported primary and secondary schools in rural Afghanistan.
In 2004, she started Zarif Design (Zarif means “precious” in Farsi) to help revive the Afghan artistic culture.
Today Zarif Design employs 50 Afghan women and men who, from their homes and one workshops in the old city of Kabul, revive traditional Afghan textiles and create strikingly unique and magnificently finished jackets and coats.
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I’m a writer and hopefully a movie maker very soon.
Born in Afghanistan, I left my home country, with my mother and my older sister, at the age of 8.
I grew up in a very literary family. I studied law and Real Estate.
Great cinema enthusiast, I participated in a contest which was worth to me being the prize-winner of Ile de France within the framework of Youth Award at Cannes Festival in 2008.
Subsequently, I wrote a script for a feature-length film, “Second State” which is currently under development.
“The Afghan pianist,” my first novel has received several Awards including the Mediterranean Award for Students.
Today I live and work in Paris.
My name is Mehdi Zafari, born in 1983 in Ghazni province of Afghanistan in the Gol-Kuh village in the district of Qarah Bagh.
I am studying Anthropology at the EHESS in Paris, France, I am also a documentary filmmaker.
When I was a child, during the Soviet Union invasion, our house was bombed by the Soviet killing eight of my family. Following that tragedy, my family decided to take refugee first in Pakistan and then in Iran. I finished my school in Iran, a country with which we share the same language and religion.
With the fall of Taliban regime I decided to go back to my country in order to continue my education. A year later, I entered Kabul University, Fine Arts section.
The faculty lacked expert teachers and equipments. The workshops launched by foreign embassies were our only hope for knowledge and experience.
In 2006, I entered a course on documentary filmmaking delivered by the French Film School Ateliers Varan. Since then I have participated in a summer school on Cinema and Human Rights held in conjunction with the Venice Film Festival in Italy, participated in the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale-Talent Campus, attended the French National Film School La Fémis Documentary Summer School, attended the “5 sur 5” Film Festival held in La Louviere Belgium and took part in a Film Editing course provided by Ateliers Varan in Kabul and some workshop in Paris at INA.
In 2009 Ateliers Varan workshop, along with my former French professor, I served as assistant trainer for a new group of 10 young film students.
In October and November 2010, I was working as Trainer and Training Coordinator in a production and training documentary program for young film students in Afghanistan called Community Supported Film from Boston, USA.