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ARTIST PROFILE: Zuhal Feraidon

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. She immigrated to the United States in 2005 as a refugee and became a U.S. citizen in 2011.  

 

In 2015 she traveled back to Afghanistan, as part of an independent study, with research focused on 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 at the University of Virginia. She received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. 

 

Her selected exhibitions in the United States include Monya Rowe Gallery and Field Projects Gallery in New York City, Glendale Central Library California, The Rhode Island Convention Center, and IX Art Park Virginia among others. She has shown at Balkh University in Afghanistan and has been featured by The University of Edinburgh's The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Scotland, U.K. Her work has been featured in a book titled "The Art of Being Dangerous: Exploring Women and Danger through Creative Expression."

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All images © 2020 Zuhal Feraidon