When the Taliban swept again into energy in Afghanistan on August 16, Kabul-based artist and curator Rada Akbar felt she had no different choice than to depart. Final week, she managed to flee to France, the place she is now in quarantine. In an unique interview with FRANCE 24’s tradition editor Eve Jackson, Akbar describes the Taliban’s bloody crackdown on feminine artists. “They might both put me in jail or kill me,” she stated.
Over the previous few months, Akbar had been working with French authorities to attempt to get her paintings out of Kabul. When she felt she may not keep in Afghanistan, the authorities helped her evacuate.
Akbar is thought for her putting self-portraits that signify independence and heritage, and has an annual exhibition referred to as Abarzanan, which interprets as “Superwomen”.
The set up honours Afghan girls who’ve proven power and resilience within the face of misogyny and patriarchal oppression. Earlier this yr, nonetheless, the exhibition was pressured on-line after the artist obtained dying threats.