Art Activism

05.06.1310:01 AM ET

The Paintbrush Is Mightier Than the Sword

Hangama Amiri paints feminist art for Afghanistan.

Hangama Amiri left her native Afghanistan when she was only 8 years old, but the memory of her country has haunted her into her adult life as an artist in Canada. For her first solo exhibit, The Wind-Up Dolls of Kabul, she created works like the above Girl Under the Taliban, depicting the hardships that Afghan women face. “The project’s message,” she told Sexy Feminist, “is committed to the power of art for transformation and social change and to women’s right to engage in self-defense and freedom of expression.” A more recent video project, Dome of Secret Desires, has been shortlisted for the Seventh International Arte Laguna Prize.