A V A H 


A V A H 

We came together upon recognising a lack of obtainable information and long term initiatives concerning the historical and contemporary practices originating in or relating to Afghanistan.

Through gathering art histories, contextualising practices, and creating a professional network – we aim to establish critical resources that will aid in understanding the past and equip the current generation of artists and cultural practitioners both in and out of the country.

Visual Arts
& History

is an independent
and global
research collective
and multimedia platform

Our contributors are
  • artists
  • art historians
  • curators
  • art world professionals
  • writers
  • and creatives

covering Afghan Visual Culture, inclusive of its diaspora and minorities.AVAH Contributors engage critically with Afghan and Afghan-diasporic themes at the nexus of mainly visual culture, but also post-colonial theory, gender and minority-inclusive politics, history and cultural production and practices in a broader sense.


If you are a practising artist in Afghanistan
or its diaspora,
you can register

to be part of our index –a digital archive
of past and present Afghan Visual Arts.

Artists listed in this index will be considered for our publications, interviews, exhibitions and workshops.

Please ensure that a portfolio is included with your submission. Portfolios must be in PDF format, listing 5-10 examples of recent work, CV or biography and contact details.

Alternatively, if you would like to suggest an artist, please get in touch via email avah.collective [ at ] gmail.com


AVAH intends to utilise the digital space as a more ambiguous and independent space to negotiate artistic practice and culture, in contrast to institutional and national frameworks that operate with different agendas and limits.

Through AVAH the collective invites fellow (Afghan) colleagues to engage in conversation with one another (but not only) through a digital livestream, and with it the platform aims to bridge geographical distance and cultural fragmentation due to the ongoing displacement of Afghan people.

AVAH is also in the planning and development process of a publication and welcomes contributions from Afghan colleagues, writers, artists and designers.

Theme “Collecting”
Deadline for first Drafts 28.February 2021