Painting Their Way into the Public World

Lauryn Oates

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
Painting Their Way into the Public World

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This chapter reports young female artists learning modernist painting, not unheard of in Afghanistan but not expected either, particularly from women. The first Women's Arts and Modern Painting Exhibition was held in Kabul in 2008 and was organized by the Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA). It featured painting and sculpture, which often expressed the grim realities many Afghan women face in their daily lives, speaking to experiences of deprivation and oppression but also to hope and imagination. Rahraw Omarzad, who founded the CCAA, was overwhelmed with pride. It was a watershed moment and, he hoped, just the beginning. The CCAA is building a mobile cinema unit to travel around the city showing films about art in order to help enlighten Kabul's residents about contemporary art. In addition, it is just one key player in a reviving arts sector.

Keywords: female artists; modernist painting; Women's Arts Exhibition; CCAA; Afghan women; Rahraw Omarzad; Kabul

Chapter.  3634 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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