Kharmohra: Art under fire in Afghanistan

ISBN: 9782330128302 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2022 Autor: Guilda Chahverdi Editură: Actes Sud Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 144 Stoc: La comandă

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For forty years, life in Afghanistan has been shaped by wars, the destruction of heritage, terrorist attacks, everyday fears and hopes, and migrations. In 2001, the Taliban government was overthrown by an international coalition bringing hopes of stability and reconstruction. The intervention did not however bring total peace. In this period of optimism, a number of international creation programs were set up as young Afghan artists returned from exile. Artists in the country - either self-taught having grown up under a Taliban regime that banned images, or trained during their exile - had no heritage to take on and no classical rules to break: anything seemed possible.

Kharmohra is named after a gland taken from a donkey's neck that, on drying, becomes as hard as stone and is said to bring happiness by making the owner's most secret dreams come true. The metaphor is used to show how contemporary Afghan art is a long way from the romantic expectations with which Westerners often approach the country.

The artists explore a wide variety of forms and media to express the horror of terrorism and the omnipresent shadow of death looming over the hostile urban environment.

The works stand as an often humorous testimony to the peace that was promised but never delivered and the bitter illusions this fostered. All express a spirit of revolt against the most oppressive traditional forces that repress women and homosexuals as well as the Hazara ethnic group. Through their artistic practices, the artists show how salvation, however slight, is achievable.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Guilda Chahverdi
Data Publicarii
2022
Editura
Actes Sud
Inaltime
23.2
Latime
16.3
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
144
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