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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Painting Their Way into the Public World

Painting Their Way into the Public World

Women and the Visual Arts

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(p.333) Chapter 22 Painting Their Way into the Public World
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Land of the Unconquerable
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Lauryn Oates

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520261853.003.0023

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

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