ArtLords: The voice of the voiceless 

Who Are We?

Artlords was established in 2015. It is a grassroots movement of artists and volunteers motivated by the desire to pave the way for social transformation and behavioral change through employing the soft power of art and culture as a non-intrusive approach.

Objectives and Goals

Turning Kabul into the street art capital of the world

Promoting Critical Thinking

Starting a visual dialogue to entice people to express and talk around pressing social issues to affect change.

Transforming the face of Kabul

Transforming the aggressive face of Kabul, spoiled by blast walls into a pleasant visual experience.

Introducing creative methods

To address social issues and taboos, affect behavioral change by employing the soft power of art and culture as a non intrusive method.

Empowering people

To start their own initiatives. Come up with creative solutions for nation building in the areas of their expertise

Create a movement

Create a youth movement in order to hold the authorities accountabl. Addressing the culture of corruption, impunity, injustice and irresponsibility.

Utilizing art and culture

As a potential alternative to solve conflict, build trust and foster understanding based on knowing the other on basic human level between communities and nations.

What We Do?

The group sees the potential and desire for change in young population of Afghanistan to address concerns and create solutions based on alternative ways of thinking. It is finding solution in the absolute center of the problem itself. ArtLords realized the opportunity for converting the negative psychological impact of blast walls on the people of Kabul into a positive visual experience. By placing issues of concerning ordinary citizens on the blast walls, ArtLorlds has been enabled to create a space where social issues can be expressed in a visual manner and discussed in the street, where the open art workshops takes place. ArtLords provide a platform for dialogue among ordinary people on the streets of Kabul. It is giving a visual voice to the voiceless, which is the motivated dynamic behind the very existence of the movement.

ArtLords is to promote the message of peace in Afghanistan through the expressivity of the arts and culture. It wished to portray a visual representation of the communities’ desire to move from war towards peace. Creating a relationship between people and art, by bringing art to the people, allows for a much-needed psychological shift that opens up people’s minds to new prospects. The use of art opens up space for ‘emotions without affiliation’. It stimulates critical thought and helps people understand that war is a commonly shared experience and that only a common effort, coming from within society, can bring about peace in Afghanistan.

ArtLords will pursue an arts-based methodology that will be conceptuallygrounded, coordinated with other civil society stakeholders and representatives, infused with a long-term perspective vis-à-vis the nature of social change and will be responsible about evaluating its effectiveness and impact. ArtLords will thereby act as a platform that allows for the use of the arts for specific tasks that measurably contribute to consent building on any given subject and that contributes to the positive transformation of society.

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Omaid Sharifi of Afghanistan

Omaid Sharifi is Afghanistan Social Media Award Winner for encouraging offline action in 2015. He is a social and human rights activist. He is also the Civil Society Advisory Board Member of UN Woman Afghanistan, Country Representative/Ambassador of Accountability Lab and Co-Founded ArtLords and Hamdeli Network. He has been involved in establishing youth and social networks and organized campaigns around the country to enhance awareness and advocate for the rights of vulnerable in the society. His work to tackle corruption and pacifying security walls by painting beautiful images in Kabul has been recognized by both Afghan civil society and international community

Kabir Mokamel

I possess   strong creative, managerial and communication skills. With more than 14 years of hands on experience in the field of visual communication, marketing and advertising, I have managed a range of projects from conceptual to completion phase.

I am well versed with design trend both in the region and globally.

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Thiese are some walls in Kabul City 🙂