Exhibiting the remarkable beauty of Afghanistan
Afghanistan, a land of enormous beauty and humanity has been in conflict for decades. Hundreds have been forced to leave their country, in fear of their lives. Hardly a day goes by when there isn't news of bombings and terrorism, even today. Yet, life in Afghanistan goes on. Men and women go to work, children head to school and the markets are filled with the juiciest of fruits and vegetables. The dawns and sunsets are still incredibly beautiful. And artists, create.
An exhibition to showcase the remarkable work of such Afghan artists is being organised at the India International Centre (IIC). Titled 'Afghan Art: A Land in Conflict and Hope', the art show will be held from May 23 – 29. The exhibition of paintings in watercolor and oils by a group of artists from Afghanistan is led by Mohammad Salim Attaie from Kabul. It is the evidence of the 'never say die' spirit of the Afghans.
Afghanistan's art scene has seen a revival since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Contemporary art reflects on what happened in Afghanistan during the past decades and the current challenges. Most artists have not had formal art training and paint what they see, with what they have. There is widespread mistrust of artistic expression, especially when it comes to women artists. Due to security reasons, there are few public exhibitions of artwork and with the downturn in the economy in the last decade (because of escalating violence) there are few takers for the artworks.