Afghan graffiti artist and educator, Shamsia Hassani, visited Otis Fine Arts on March 2. During her visit, Hassani had lunch with faculty, gave a lecture about her practice, and did studio visits with fine arts seniors. Department Chair Meg Cranston first met the artist in her home country of Afghanistan while traveling there in 2014 for the Afghan Carpet Project, a collaboration between six LA artists and weavers in Kabul and Bamiyan that was presented at the UCLA Hammer Museum last year.
Shamsia Hassani is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Hammer Museum. She is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Kabul University. In 2014, Hassani was named one of Foreign Policy Journal's 100 Global Thinkers. She is one of the founders of the Berang Arts Organization, the first artist-run collective in Afghanistan. While in Los Angeles, the artist has also completed a mural in the West Adams neighborhood and had a solo show of new paintings at Seyhoun Gallery.
To learn more about this rising star, see a March 16, 2016 article in the LA Times: See how graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani is giving Afghan woman a voice despite the danger.; or view this video by The Creator's Project: Kabul's Female Graffiti Master.
Image: Shamsia Hassani stands in front of her mural at 4900 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Francine Orr/LA Times.