Shamsia Hassani for Kabul Art Project in Florence
“Kabul Art Project in Florence”
Florence Biennale Artist Residency / Florence, October 24 – 25 2017
Shamsia Hassani is the first and only street and digital artist in the difficult context of the city of Kabul. The artist, who fights for the importance of women’s role in civil society and institutions, but also for the values of peace, solidarity and free expression of creativity in the world, is also the youngest professor of Kabul University where he teaches drawing and painting.
On the occasion of the European Day of Justice, organized by the Florence Court of Appeal, the Florence Biennale promotes the project “Kabul Art Project in Florence”.
Here are the words of the director of the Florence Biennale, Jacopo Celona, about the project:
It was a great pleasure for me to have finally realized a project that I have been following and coordinated for several months. It was very complicated but as Florence Biennale we were able to bring to Florence Shamsia Hassani, the first street artist woman of Afghanistan. Shamsia was able to create a drawing on the perimeter wall of the Leonardo da Vinci I.T. of Terzolle Street and tell her life story to Florentine students in the context of the European Day of Civil Justice. The woman with her closed eyes and without her mouth shows the difficulty of glimpsing a future and the inability to express herself as she would like. But Shamsia is strong and always smiling because she knows there are many people ready to listen to her voice: we have just done it by admiring her work.
Thanks to this project we have finally brought contemporary art in the periphery of the city by making it a tool for retraining and development. I was able to touch the affection of the people and students against Shamsia, her story, and what she was doing in our city. For her It is the first time in Italy, the first in Florence, but she immediately felt home. The same have felt the people like Ugo, who helped us showing a great civic sense. We have to figure that where there is a will to open a dialogue there are no gray walls to separate each others but only colored walls.
I want to thank the City of Florence with Councilor Vannucci, Stefania Pancini and Matteo Nanni in particular, and the counselor Cosimo Guccione. The President of the Q5 Cristiano Balli, the Court of Appeal of Florence in the form of President Margherita Cassano and Vicar Maurizio Barbarisi. Thanks also to Italian officials abroad who do a great job not only to represent our country but also to support us in initiatives such as this, and in particular the officials of the Italian embassy in Kabul and of the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles.
In addition to the presentation of the murals, the project expect a permanent photographic exhibition at the 32nd room of the Palazzo della Giustizia in Florence, with the works of “Dreaming Graffiti” and “Bird of no nation”, as testimony to the commitment exploited by the Florence Biennale in the promotion of values of justice and equality.