Shamsia Hassani Artist Talks & the Traces of Words Exhibition at MOA

Image: Shamsia Hassani, What about the Dead Fish?, 2011

Shamsia Hassani (b. Iran, 1988) is regarded as the first female graffiti artist from Afghanistan. Her work is currently shown in the Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (on until October 9, 2017).

Through her art, Shamsia aims to colour over the sad memories of wars and to bring positive changes to society. Her work often depicts women in burqas, and fish. When she cannot work on the street, she creates a “dreaming graffiti” by painting on photographic images of her city. She has held solo and group exhibitions both internationally and in Afghanistan and was selected as one of the top ten artists for the second Afghan Contemporary Art Prize in 2009. She teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University, and is one of the founders of the Berang Arts organization.

Artist Talks

Creating and Speaking through Art

Presented by the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and the Museum of Anthropology

Monday, September 25, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Audain Art Centre, Room 1002, UBC
6398 University Boulevard


Calligraphy in my Art

MOA Visual and Material Culture Research Seminar Series

Thursday, September 28, 2017
4 – 5pm
Room 213 at MOA at UBC
6393 NW Marine Drive