Again, artists step in when politicians fail: Helping Afghanistan

George Gittoes, Ben Quilty, Luke Cornish (aka e.l.k) – they are artists who have jumped into action to lobby for Afghan artists and musicians in the wake of last week’s events.
Jalalabad Yellow House

The world reeled at the speed with which the Taliban descended on Kabul last week, bringing with them a blanket of fear for the future of the nation – especially its women, artists and musicians.

As we were confronted nightly with horrific images curated by our news channels, a coterie of artists were quick to react (one might argue quicker than government cogs). Information at this time is also hard to balance and gauge. So we turned to artists with a connection or history to decipher the pathway forward.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina