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Kubra Khademi

Political Bodies

An engaging look at the controversial Afghani artist, feminist, and activist Kubra Khademi.

Paris-based artist Kubra Khademi focuses her work on her life as a woman and as a refugee, making it both political and highly topical. Multi-faceted themes pervade her art, including her function as a mouthpiece and as an element in the fight for the fundamental rights of women, as well as artistic work in exile and in a Muslim society. In paintings and with the use of photographic techniques and embroidery, Khademi presents tranquil nude female figures that—depending on the angle—can nonetheless be interpreted as provocative. They are juxtaposed with impressive performances that draw on the artist’s own physical experiences as a subject. Khademi focuses her attention on the male-dominated society in countries like her native Afghanistan and the sociopolitical situation there, linking motifs from mythology, art history, and politics. This volume presents an overview of her oeuvre in all its complexity.

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