Worlds Apart: Afghan and US Women Connect through Art
is a college student in Afghanistan. I was introduced to her through the Afghan Women's Writing Project last summer, and we have been corresponding since. She is studying law, and only began illustration about a year ago.
is a high school student and painter in the US. When I met Kara and saw her work for the first time, the correlation between her and Kochay's styles were striking.
After seeing Kara's work, I asked her and Kochay if they would be interesting in collaborating on an exploration of beauty.
They conceptualized this project together, working via email, sharing images back and forth. It's clear to me how their images have influenced the other, and how the project, as well as their individual artwork, grew together organically. Their images tell a powerful story together: a story of culture, experience and coming of age.
The images speak clearly of shared experiences, worlds apart. But they also highlight the opportunity we have within this world to seek out those connections around us, near and far; the shared life experience that is far more powerful than the false constructs of race, gender, or any other beliefs.
We share far more than we may think, and we are all stronger together.