Afghan Art Flourished for 20 Years. Can It Survive the New Taliban Regime?
By Maddalena Dalga
Afghanistan’s art scene has blossomed over the past two decades, absorbing young and established artists and driving international artists to the tiny country’s capital, Kabul. Through photo essay and gallery exhibition, Maddalena Dalga shares her stories and looks at the evolution of Afghanistan’s art scene.
A hard act to follow
Afghanistan’s art scene followed the trajectory of its greatest contemporary artists – the school of Salman Rushdie, the Bataar brothers and Guner Bacha – into a public space in the heart of Kabul. Artist Sagar Warroogi joins our photo essay to share his story, from selling an etching in Kabul to an art museum and a US Afghanistan free trip funded by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Snooker in the market
Afghanistan’s local fashion fashion markets fill with designer sportswear and footwear – and a makeshift shop serving up offbeat fun. Designer Latifa Khetani brings the fashion show – and an overall look at contemporary Afghan fashion – to Kabul.
Circling the new threat
A future Afghan art landscape could lack Kabul’s glitter, as Meena Khan and Farid Jillani tell us about urban renewal and art’s place on the streets of Kabul. The gallery exhibition, “Dogs,” will show “contemporary Afghan art collections from Dari, Pashto and Hazara artists,” to celebrate this partnership with Afghan Artists Group.