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Birds of No Nation: Afghan Women on Art, Gender, Freedom, and Exile — Workshop and Conversation

March 8, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

On International Women’s Day, join us for two events exploring the powerful role the arts and creativity play in global struggles for women’s rights, featuring exiled Afghan graffiti artist and muralist Shamsia Hassani and acclaimed Afghan American multimedia artist Gazelle Samizay.

In the afternoon, artists, activists, and all supporters of human rights are invited to make public art with Hassani, known for her mural series Birds of No Nation, which explores Afghan refugee and migration experiences, and Samizay, whose photo and video work examines the contradictions of culture, nationality, and gender. Supplies will be provided, and no experience is necessary.

That evening, join Hassani, Samizay, and renowned journalist and human rights activist Najiba Ayubi for an inspiring conversation about art, creativity, and politics in light of women’s experiences in Afghanistan and global struggles for women’s equality and civil rights. The discussion will be moderated by USC Dornsife professor of political science Eliz Sanasarian and USC Roski School of Art and Design Vice Dean and professor Sherin Guirguis.

12 p.m.: Feminist Street Art Workshop at Alumni Park
7 p.m.: Panel Discussion at the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, DML 240

Prior to the event, the USC community will be able to stream the documentary films Ghosts of Afghanistan and Afghan Women: A History of Struggle via the USC Libraries.

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March 8, 2023
12:00 pm