this week’s lecture, we looked at food and design as an experience. Amongst the
various work of artists and designers Andy showed us, I particularly liked that
of Afghan-American artist Behnaz Babazadeh in her ‘Candy Burqa’ series. In the
photographic work, Babazadeh creates burqas out of confectionary items to
relate the work back to her own memories of arriving in America mixed with her
“This series explores the use of materials found
in the candy aisle as a means connect the viewer with a memory that the food
inspires, rather than the over used symbol of women’s oppression in
Afghanistan, the Burka.”
With a can of spray paint in hand, local Afghan female artists have taken to the streets to paint the plight of women in Afghanistan and channel their frustrations and aspirations about the future of their country through art. 24-year-old street artist Malina Suliman provides a visual backdrop to the daily struggles and hardships of Afghan women whose voices have been largely silenced by the Taliban and insurgent groups. “Some people who face injustice and the lack of rights take the bomb to kill us or narcotics to kill themselves. Graffiti is a peaceful way of fighting against the government, against all wrong things,” she says.
Kabul-based graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani embeds motivating messages in her painted murals with hopes of bringing a pop of color into the lives of passersby. Her art commonly feature over-sized women with explicit female figures in striking turquoise burqas. “My women are big, strong and modern. I capture them in movement and draw them bigger than in real life. I want people to perceive these women differently,” Hassani explains.
This past year witnessed a much less number of features relative to 2013’s list, which can be viewed here, mainly due to the fact that there was an aim to improve the quality and authenticity of the content presented, and the relevant critiques or reflections. It was however a very reflective year personally, and I sincerely hope the artwork featured has helped you cope and grow emotionally, mentally, and artistically. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, and may the new year bring all of us and our homelands peace, freedom, and an end to oppression. Here is a list of the artists re/featured throughout 2014: