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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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

 

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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