24-year-old Shamsia Hassani w/one of her creations, Kabul. Photo: Omar Sobhani/Reuters
Inside the blackened ruin of Kabul’s cultural centre, a spray-painting of a woman in a burqa sits at the foot of a staircase to nowhere, beside a line of poetry mourning everything that has been lost to Afghanistan in three decades of violence. […]
An associate professor of sculpture at Kabul University, she draws, paints in oil, and is a founding member of a contemporary art collective, Rosht, or “growth”. She was introduced to graffiti when a British artist, Chu, flew out in late 2010 to hold a week-long course in street art. She has embraced the discipline. Spray cans and stencils have more impact than traditional art, she says, because the latter is a luxury.