Malina Suliman



My art reflects the daily struggles of myself and millions of oppressed Afghan women. Its a way of questioning the identity forced upon us by the wider society. I grew up in an environment in which bombing, shooting, killing, daily oppression, ignorance, criminals were and are rewarded and injustices are normalized. Women are treated as sex object or baby producing machines, any challenge to this notion results in daily public killing of women.
These aliments forced me to subjectify these themes in my art practice in order to raise awareness and give current and future generations of women a voice. Also, to hold the perpetrator of these crimes responsible for their actions. I had the opportunity to witness the effect of this oppression in the form of anger, depression, violence, drug. Depicting this culture of violence and guns openly and honestly can and will raise awareness by getting Afghan to talk about this violence.

Therefore, the most natural way for me to communicate through my art work was, Street Art and Graffiti. This to me was non-verbal communication expresses openly, directly and honestly without anyone’s permission- Taliban or Foreigner troops the daily struggles of ordinary Afghan women. Other work involved facilitating workshops on contemporary and graffiti in Kandahar which resulted in training artist with similar interest and passion for art and social justice. The blank walls now carried provocative images that raised questions and encouraged communications.
As much as Graffiti Art is stigmatized and maligned because of its association with the deviance and nonconformance and defacing public property, it can be a powerful art that can encapsulate creativity and originality. I have personally experienced the power of this art to motivate and mobilize human rights and question oppression.

Malina Suliman

Kandahar, Afghanistan

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Beyond the Veil: A decontextualisation - Malina Suliman - Exhibition at the Art Represent gallery, London