ART FOR AFGHANISTAN | هنر برای افغانستان

In collaboration with Belvoir St Theatre and the Afghan artistic community, we present Art for Afghanistan, a series of short video reflections that celebrate 5 Afghan artists, their art and their stories. 

At this years’ Sydney Festival, PYT presented Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course In The Language of Love. In response to the recent tragic events in Afghanistan, PYT hosted an online event called A Love Letter to our Watan, building off the work they made with Dorr-e Dari. And earlier this year Belvoir presented Stop Girl by Sally Sara, which chronicled Sally’s experience as a foreign correspondent returning home to Australia from Afghanistan.

Art For Afghanistan builds on these projects, to create short form content that celebrates Afghan culture and artistry, and aims to raise funds for Action Aid’s emergency response through an auction of the artists’ work. The artists have been curated by Bibi Goul Mossavi, and their videos will be released over the next 10 days on social media and this page.

The featured artists include Bibi Goul Mossavi (beading), Elyas Alavi (painting and poetry), Jalal Nazari (calligraphy), Arefa Hassani (‘thread painting’ and embroidery), and Lemah Orya (ceramic sculptures). Each artist will also share a favourite poem.

Head to Belvoir St Theatre for more details on how you can support the fund-raising effort: either by bidding for an artwork or simply donating to Action Aid Fundraiser, both of which you can do through the auction page. The auction will be live from Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 October 2021 once all five videos showcasing the artists and their stories are released.

Image Description: Art for Afghanistan is written in black in a calligraphy style at the centre of the image with a Persian translation underneath. It is sitting on a cream paper like background.  There is a purple, blue, black and orange Afghan styled, patterned square on the left hand side of the text. 

Video Description:
This landscape video is divided into three vertical frames, each featuring a different video.

  1. The frame on the left is a cropped image of the outside of a two-story house with white walls and a close to black roof and garage door. Framing the front of the left side of the house is a tall green fern that moves in the wind. At the top there is a clear blue sky.
  2. The middle frame features Bibi Goul Mossavi who is sitting crossed legged facing the camera holding a cup of tea, in a clear glass. As she talks, she moves her hands.
  3. The frame on the right is a close-up video of two hands beading with a needle and clear string. The beads are very small and are gold, orange and blue. The beads are held in an aluminium tin.

This project has been developed in partnership with Belvoir St Theatre. It has been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW.