A curatorial proposal by HdH - Hasards d'Hasards
5 artists exhibited
Latif Eshraq, painter - Morteza Herati, photographer - Zahra Khodadadi, photographer Mohsin Taasha, painter, video artist, and performer - Naseer Turkmani, photographer
Five Afghan artists, painters, photographers, and visual artists are exhibiting at the Galerie Dominique Fiat. They have been living in France since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August 2021. Their works reflect the separation from their land of origin and question the future of artists in their country. In Dari, Khoda Hafez means goodbye or farewell.
Since the 2010s, each one oif them, men and women, has contributed to the emergence of an art scene in Afghanistan. Spotted by international curators, they have been exhibited at dOCUMENTA 13, the Venice Biennale, the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty (Kazakhstan), the Beirut Contemporary Art Fair (Lebanon) or in Paris alongside the photographer Reza. Most of them participated in the exhibition "Kharmohra, Afghanistan at the risk of art", which was held at the MUCEM (2019-2020), revealing to the French public the dynamism of this young contemporary creation in a context of attacks and threats already omnipresent in Afghanistan. Their works questioned the conditions of their existence in the context of increased security and permanent danger. With the return to power of the Taliban, migration proved to be the only painful way out for these threatened artists.
Since then, they have been welcomed in residence at the Villa Arson in Nice, at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie de Arles (ENSP), and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes (ESBAN) with the support of the PAUSE program - a national program for the emergency reception of artists and scientists in exile, as well as at La Friche Belle de Mai, at Triangle France and the Centre Internationale de Recherche sur le Verre et Les Arts Plastiques (CIRVA) in Marseille and at the Ateliers Varan in Paris. In the pain of being away from their battered country, they continue to create to understand the environment that is theirs today, to bear witness and defend the memory of a country that wars and extremist thoughts are erasing.
About sixty works, realized in Afghanistan and France, are presented and sold thanks to the reception of the Galerie Dominique Fiat.