- Title: Exiled painter depicts 'slow disappearance' of Afghan women under Taliban
- Date: 30th September 2021
- Summary: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, WORKING IN KITCHEN OF KEBAB SHOP SHARIFI TAKING TRAY OF CHIPS INTO SHOP SHARIFI WALKING IN STREET SHARIFI ENTERING DOOR OF SHELTER WHERE HE LIVES SHARIFI WALKING DOWN CORRIDOR OF SHELTER VARIOUS OF SHARIFI ARRANGING HIS PAINTINGS IN HIS ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING: "When I arrived in Europe I felt I could not explain to people in Europe the oppression of women in Afghanistan. After much thinking I decided that by drawing and painting I would be able to better express it." SHARIFI SITTING DOWN TO PAINT ON TWO CHAIRS SERVING AS TABLE SHARIFI PUTTING PAINT ON PLATE VARIOUS OF SHARIFI PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING: "I am not a painter, it is not my profession, I am an amateur." SHARIFI MIXING PAINTS (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING: "This is the way I can express women's pain, and my own feelings to people." VARIOUS OF SHARIFI PAINTING DETAIL OF PAINTING OF MAN HOLDING WOMAN (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING: "Men's orders have to be obeyed, if not, this is the fate women have to face: they will be grounded to pieces like meat." DETAIL OF PAINTING SHOWING WOMAN BEING PASSED THROUGH MINCER (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING: "Because of the men's rule the situation of the women is worsening now (under the Taliban) and slowly they will disappear." DETAIL OF PAINTING SHOWING UNVEILED WOMAN BEING LOOKED AT BY MANY MEN (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING (SOUNDBITE ENDS ON DETAIL OF PAINTING): "This woman is a free woman and there the men look at her strangely as they cannot understand her freedom." WOMEN LOOKING AT PAINTING AT EXHIBITION INSIDE MUNICIPALITY BUILDING PAINTING DEPICTING A WOMAN TOUCHING HER HAIR BENEATH A BURQA WOMAN LOOKING AT PAINTING PAINTING DEPICTING A WOMAN COVERED UP AND CONSTRAINED WITH BARBED WIRE WHILE WRITING "I AM THE SECOND SEX" AND AN ARM CASTING A BALLOT NEAR HER WITH "ONLY MEN" WRITTEN ON THE ARM'S SLEEVE (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) REFUGEE FROM AFGHANISTAN, MURAD SHARIFI, SAYING: "In a country, in a land where men rule over women, women are deprived of their right to speak freely." DETAIL OF PAINTING OF WOMAN WITH HER EYES SEWN SHUT AND A PADLOCK ON HER LIPS BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 30, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WORKING IN THE OFFICE OF THE HUNGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE POSTER OF THE REFUGEE ART EXHIBIT CO-ORGANISED BY THE HELSINKI COMMITTEE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-CHAIR OF HUNGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE, MARTA PARDAVI, SAYING: "We often see how refugees themselves are overcoming or dealing with trauma through artwork, so art therapy is really important. It's a therapeutic method for the individual but we are also hoping that it could be a therapeutic method for Hungarian society too. Because this artwork can convey the traumas, and can make them far more understandable." BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) PAINTING AT EXHIBITION DEPICTING A WOMAN TRYING TO FLY AWAY USING DOVES TIED TO STRINGS BUT HAVE HER LEG CHAINED AND HELD BACK BY A MAN'S HAND BENEATH HER PEOPLE WALKING IN CORRIDOR PAST PAINTING
- Embargoed: 14th October 2021 16:01
- Keywords: Afghan refugee Afghanistan Budapest Hungary art exhibition paintings paintings of Afghan women
- Location: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
- City: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
- Country: Hungary
- Topics: Europe,Human Interest/Brights/Odd News,Society/Social Issues
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- Story Text: Murad Sharifi, a refugee from Afghanistan, works at a kebab shop and lives in a shelter for the homeless in Budapest's outskirts.
His tiny room is filled with dozens of paintings depicting a colourful but ominous world, of Afghan women clad in long black burqa gowns, surrounded by hostile men.
Sharifi, who fled to Hungary during the 2015 migration wave with tens of thousands of other asylum-seekers, says it is his "obligation" to show the oppression faced by women in his home country, worsening since the Taliban takeover in August.
He was drawn to paint "to express women's pain, and my own feelings," he said in his bare-walled room, where his canvasses jostle for space with two small beds, two chairs and a table.
Some of his more joyful works depict couples among leafy trees.
But most feature starker scenes.
In one, which he describes as an illustration of women's oppression, a woman is shown in a meat grinder with a bearded man squeezing her neck and pushing her down.
In another, a woman, with her long hair freely floating, has faces of men running down the side of her green robe and a queue of them eyeing her suspiciously.
"In a country where men rule over women, women are deprived of their right to speak freely," he says.
Under the Taliban, who took power in August, he expects women will slowly "disappear" behind the walls of their homes.
While the Taliban have promised to allow women more freedoms since they were last in power 20 years ago, they have so far reopened schools and most workplaces only to men and boys.
Sharifi is from the mainly Shi'ite Muslim Hazara community, which was repressed under the severe Sunni rule of the Taliban.
He arrived in Hungary with the massive wave of hundreds of thousands of migrants that entered Europe in 2015.
His paintings are now exhibited at a hall in Budapest along with artwork of three other refugees.
Some refugees deal with traumas through artwork, and seeing their paintings could have a "therapeutic" influence on the public, too, said Marta Pardavi, Co-chair of the Helsinki Committee, an NGO that helped organise the exhibition.
"This artwork can convey the traumas, and can make them far more understandable," she said.
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