Shamsia Hassani Artist Talk

Creating and Speaking through Art

Monday, September 25, 2017
5:30 pm
Audain Art Centre
room 1002
6398 University Boulevard

Note: If the artist is not issued her Canadian visa in time, she will give a talk via Skype

Shamsia Hassani (b. Iran, 1988) is regarded as the first female graffiti artist from Afghanistan. Her work is currently shown in the Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (on until October 9, 2017).

Through her art, Shamsia aims to colour over the sad memories of wars and to bring positive changes to society. Her work often depicts women in burqas, and fish. When she cannot work on the street, she creates a “dreaming graffiti” by painting on photographic images of her city. She has held solo and group exhibitions both internationally and in Afghanistan and was selected as one of the top ten artists for the second Afghan Contemporary Art Prize in 2009. She teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University, and is one of the founders of the Berang Arts organization.

Visit Shamsia’s official website

Shamsia Hassani, What about the Dead Fish?, 2011
Paint on the ruins of the Russian cultural centre, Kabul, Afghanistan
Courtesy of the artist

Presented by the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and the Museum of Anthropology