Amid Afghanistan’s continuous conflict, the Kabul-based ArtLords was founded on the premise that art and creativity could bring comfort, promote peace, and pave the way for social transformation after decades of war. A play on the term warlords, the group has gained fame for erecting powerful murals and other artistic installations and emerged as a leading platform for artists and activists across the country to advance their hopes for a sustainable peace process through messages of tolerance and empathy. Recent projects include “Let’s Talk Afghanistan,” which fosters cross-provincial dialogue between Afghans of all ages, gender, and ethnicity in 21 provinces.
Join USIP and ArtLords founders Omaid Sharifi and Kabir Mokamel for a conversation on Afghan art, music, and culture and the important role they play in uniting Afghans during this pivotal but uncertain moment in the peace process. Sharifi and Mokamel will be joined by renowned slam poet Marjan Naderi for a discussion of their art, activism, and peace. Following the conversation, USIP will present a showcase of the artists’ work commissioned specifically for this event, and the audience will be invited to participate in a live mural painting. Join the conversation with #AfghanPeace.
The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, welcoming remarks
President & CEO, United States Institute of Peace
Ambassador Roya Rahmani, opening remarks
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States
Cofounder and Creative Director, ArtLords
District of Colombia Youth Poet Laureate; Winner of the Library of Congress National Poetry Slam 2019
Hamidullah Natiq, performance
Artist and Local Peace Activist
Cofounder and President, ArtLords
Johnny Walsh, moderator
Senior Expert, U.S Institute of Peace