KABUL, a city with over 3500 years of history, is home to more than 3.6 million people and one of the fastest growing capitals in the world. Unfortunately, these are not the first ideas that come to foreigners when they hear about Afghanistan’s capital. After the Soviet war, the civil war and the Taliban’s fall, people tend to associate “Afghanistan” with armed conflict. And street artist Shamsia Hassani wants to change that.
Despite living in an environment of inequality and violence towards women, Shamsia has been spraying art creations around her city with the hope she can help bring about positive change. When she is not giving Fine Arts lectures at Kabul University, she designs graffitis that express her desire for peace. Most people in her community can’t visit museums and galleries, so she expects to bring art to the streets for them… often at her own risk. In the following video, pay attention to her “dreaming graffiti” project and, particularly, to her understanding of women and burkas. I don’t know about you, but to me Shamsia is a kind of rock star.