Afghanistan - First Female Street Artist Risks Her Life to Empower Women


July 27, 2017 - Afghanistan-based feminist graffiti artist risks her life to show her perspective of hope for the world she lives in. Her name is Shamsia Hassani, and she is the first female 3-D street artist and female graffiti artist in Afghanistan. Her art is meant to bring about positive change in the country. She uses powerful shapes and bright colours to depict women in burqas in an attempt to wash away the depressing memories that engulf the war torn country with positive and hopeful images for Afghanistan’s future.

While attending Kabul University Hassani took a street art class taught by UK street artist Chu. After this class Hassani took to the streets of Afganistan and began the work that would have her listed on FP’s top 100 gobal thinkers list in 2014.

Her art is meant to help the nation move on from the horrors of war, but also serves as a reminder for the tragedies Afgani women go through, especially during war. Hassani said “image has more effect than words, and it’s a friendly way to fight.”Hassani is forced to finish her work as fast as possible to avoid harassment and endangerment as it is seen as “un-islamic”. Hassani is also a lecturer at her alma mater, Kabul University, and is an associate professor of sculpture.

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