Virtual Presentation - United Nations

The Secret to Real Security in Afghanistan

Zuhal Feraidon was born in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. After the invasion of Afghanistan by the Taliban Zuhal and her family were forced out of their homeland. They escaped to the neighboring country of Turkmenistan. Zuhal’s academic upbringing in Turkmenistan included Persian, Turkish, and Russian schools. She immigrated to the United States in 2005 as a refugee and became a U.S. citizen in 2011. She completed a BA at the University of Virginia.


In 2015 she traveled back to Afghanistan, as part of an independent study, with research focused on female identity in one of the most difficult environments that women have to endure. In 2016 Zuhal was the recipient of the Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Studio Art through the McIntire Department of Art. She received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. Zuhal currently teaches as a professor at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as the Rhode Island School of Design.


Her selected exhibitions in the United States include Monya Rowe Gallery and Field Projects Gallery in New York City, The Glendale Central Library, The Red Eye Gallery, Sol Koffler Gallery, The Rhode Island Convention Center, The Welcome Gallery, The Ruffin Gallery, and IX Art Park. She has shown at Balkh University in Afghanistan. Her work has been featured in publications including The University of Edinburgh's "The Dangerous Women Project" through The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Scotland, U.K.

All images © 2020 Zuhal Feraidon