Even Gibberish - Crossbody
My father doesn’t allow us girls to watch television. He is very strict about it. My brother won’t let us watch either. But when they out for work or to hang out with friends, my mother doesn’t stop us. I love that time of the day. My favourite shows are dramas that I watch after my household chores, but sometimes when my dad isn’t looking, I sneak into the room, hide and watch cricket with the boys. It is really boring, but even gibberish beats doing housework!
This artwork is based on one of a series of stories addressing agency, identity and representation from the perspective of Afghan refugee women and girls. It was developed as part of a pilot economic empowerment project delivered in partnership with the UNHCR in Karachi, Pakistan. The artworks unmask the lived experiences of a generation continuing to deal with the legacy of conflict and deprivation, where the capacity of traditional handworks to connect people with place, time, history and a sense of being is confirmed.