Afghan artist Hangama Amari aims to paint a different picture – CBS Denver

By Gabrielle Cox

DENVER (CBS4)– An artist featured at the Denver Art Museum wants to paint a different picture of her native Afghanistan. Hangama Amari is the first living Afghan artist to have her work showcased.

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Amari creates art with textiles. Her images are bright and colorful, reflecting her memory of home. She says: “All my work is based on these memories I left from Afghanistan.”

His childhood memories are happy.

“Those are always very festive and very happy memories and that’s why my pieces are so colorful,” she says, “So if I paint a different picture, it might tell a different story.”

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Amari fled as a refugee in 1996 when the Taliban first took power. She remembers how life began to change under the Taliban regime. Her art also reflects the displacement of women she witnessed in Afghanistan.

Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer director of the Denver Art Museum, says it’s important to “see a woman’s perspective on a culture that is so shaped by men.”

Amari’s favorite piece was inspired by her mother, who was a refugee and a single mother of four. Amari says the piece is based on “a beautiful pose I saw in a photo and I wanted to dedicate this piece and bring this piece to life.” She finds traces of home, even in Colorado. “I feel like the scenery in Denver really reminds me of Afghanistan for some weird reason. I think it’s because of the geography, it’s also surrounded by mountains.

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You can see Amari’s art at the David B. Smith Gallary through July 1.

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