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Visual arts in and on Afghanistan: political violence, war and the question of futurity

Black background with boy creating a rainbow on white paper with his fingers
Friday, February 10, 2023
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Mohsin Taasha, Shamayel Shalizi, Saadia Batool, Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Anila Daulatzai

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Mohsin Taasha, Visual Artist

Shamayel Shalizi, Multimedia Artist

Saadia Batool, Visual Artist

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, James Madison University

Anila Daulatzai, UC Berkeley

Moderator and convenor: Paniz Musawi Natanzi, Duke University

This panel brings together artists and researchers and queries how to envision futurity in the face of continuous political violence and war in Afghanistan. In reference to discussions in Black Studies and Palestine Studies and feminist and queer studies, futurity describes here the refusal to accept to be reduced to loss, grief and suffering and to be treated like disposable objects by imagining a different modality of subjectivity and alliance-building. Against this backdrop, the panel explores the ways in which political violence and war in Afghanistan has been researched and investigates the archival and analytical labor of visual artists engaging with living and dying in the face of political violence and war.

Contact: Julie Wynmor