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Conflict Art Awards: Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist among 2014 Artraker Awards finalists

Shamsia Hassani’s graffiti The Magic of Art is Magic of Life (Artraker Shortlist 2014)
Shamsia Hassani’s graffiti The Magic of Art is Magic of Life (Artraker Shortlist 2014)
Shortlist announced ahead of 2014 Artraker awards for Conflict Art ̶ Three category winners from 250 submissions from 75 countries ̶ Awards announced on 17 September. Gallery open to public 18-25 September 2014-08-27 22:46:26
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Date: 27th August 2014

Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist among 2014 Artraker Awards finalists


LONDON: Artraker,the home of Conflict Art and artists, has announced its shortlist of 12 artistsfor the 2014 Artraker Awards, which will be awarded on the17th September. The event will be heldat a/political, London, a space dedicated to the support and promotion of artists working on current social and political concerns.

The shortlist constitutes the most powerful pieces of work drawn from 250 submissions from over 75 countries, varying fromartwork byAfghanistan’s first ever female graffiti artist, a Burmese activist whose art was made from recycled materials while serving in prison, and a film capturing progressive reconciliation between the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

The Artraker Awards and its ‘Art of Peace’exhibition– announced during the week of International Peace Day – provide visibility and financial support to artists working in conflict or post conflict regions.

In their works, artists have been concerned with various conflict fault-lines, such as violent conflicts covered extensively in the media (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.); issues outside the media limelight (farmers in Colombia, refugees in Western Sahara, etc.), gender-based violence, homophobia, racism, discrimination and those addressing the consequences of violence and conflict.

One of the shortlisted artists, Shamsia Hassani, the first female Afghan graffiti artist and lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University, uses her art to bring about positive changes to her people. In April 2014, for the first time, she produced 3D street art on Afghan roads. Her work has been shortlisted for the Afghan Contemporary Art Prize and exhibited internationally.

The 2014 awards have three categories: the Artraker award for impactful Conflict Art; The Artraker Award for SocialImpact and the Artraker Award for Innovationin Narrative. The exhibition will travel to four other cities – Beirut, Kabul, Colombo and Paris before returning to London in March 2015.

Artraker founder Manali Jagtap-Nyheim, said, “We believe Artraker should be concerned with alternative media and ways of communicating that give the public an unconventional, yet accessible insight into the conflicts involved.As conflicts become more frequent, and death mere statistics, a small number of artists are bent upon sending out a message of non-violence by conjuring the realities of violence which leaves us contemplative.”

The shortlist will be exhibited for the public to view free of charge at a/political space, Southwark, London between 18-25 September.

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About Artraker
Artraker is a voluntary organisation that was launched as an initiative in 2012 and established as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2013. It supports exceptional visual arts projects that shape how people and organisations understand, engage and respond to violent conflict and situations of violence. For 2014, its second year, Artraker received 250 submissions from 75 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Burma and Mexico. An international jury shortlisted 12 submissions and from these 3 nominees for the Award were selected.

About Manali Jagtap Nyheim
Manali Jagtap-Nyheim, founder Artraker, is a political and fine artist who lives and works in the United Kingdom and India. An award-winning graphic designer and fine artist, works with the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER) and International Conflict and Security (INCAS) Consulting Ltd. on projects aimed at sensitising audiences on the impacts of conflict.

Shortlisted artists are - Art works by Bakary Diallo, Fritz Best & Nora Darwich , Furat al Jamil, Heba Amin, Lorena Wolffer, Margo Harkin, Maya Ramsay, Momina Muhammad, O. ShamsiaHassani, RegulaGattiker , San ZawHtway and Tania El Khoury

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