New KABUL ENSEMBLE – Khaled Arman

This is a teaser the final one coming soon !

 

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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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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

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

ABOUT ZOLAYKHA  : http://magazinemv.com/4-issue CHECK PAGE 59

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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

 

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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Wajma, une fiancée afghane

Public Premiere  November 27th .

Réservez vos places pour la 1ère séance au MK2 Beaubourg à Paris en présence de Barmak Akram

Book your seats for the first showing at MK2 Beaubour, Paris with Barmak attendance.

Prix du Scénario Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Sélectionné dans la section film étranger pour les Oscars 2014 http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2013/20131007a.html

 

http://www.allocine.fr/video/player_gen_cmedia=19539521&cfilm=217276.html

The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery at Kabul

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Stupa , H 2,80m , W of the base 2,06m

 

Scientific publication by Zafar Paiman, Director of excavations. Volume 1 , Collège de France Publications

Written primarily in French and Dari but with a good summary in English.

This is the final report of the Afghan excavations at Tepe Narenj , started and entirely directed by the author.

Tepe Narenj is the name given to a rocky spur located in the Southern part of Kabul. It was entirely covered by Islamic graves when the dig begun. The ancient remains hidden under  these graves are now entirely cleared and preserved. Two nearby places could also be excavated, smaller than the main dig, but yielding impressive results. All the excavated buildings belong to the latest period of a huge mahasanghika monastery dating back to the 2nd or 3rd  c. A.D., now entirely covered by multiple layers of graves belonging to one of the most important and revered Islamic cemeteries in Kabul, where it is now impossible to conduct archaeological excavations. They were filled with colossal clay statues.
The stratigraphic analysis and the coins demonstrate that most of these buildings and statues were made after 870 A.D., i.e. at after the first Arab raids against Kabul. This volume contains the description and the fullest possible illustration of the finds (buildings, sculptures, ceramics, coins). Volume II will contain the historical and art comments.

To buy this volume :
http://www.deboccard.com/index.php?id_lang=3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait : Chabname Zariab

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.

Wajma at Anonymous Film Festival – Romania

Barmak Akram’s movie “Wajma” (“A love story of Afghanistan”)  the winning film for the Best Screenplay at Sundance Festival (USA)  is in the running for the trophy Anonymous 2013.

Anonimul International Independent Film Festival takes place at St. George, in the Danube Delta Romania, between 9th and 18th August 2013

Portrait : Mehdi Zafari

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.

 

 

Lida Abdul Exhibition Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon

Lida Abdul was born in Kabul in 1973. She is based in USA since the late eighties. She returns regularly to Afghanistan which is the main theme of her work. It has been defined as “a beauty that hurts”.

"White House 4"
Lambda print on aluminium 240 x180 cm

“White House 4”
Lambda print on aluminium 240 x180 cm

Exhibition started in January 18 and will run till March 31, 2013