This month we are joined by prolific human rights advocate and self proclaimed Artivist, Omaid Sharifi. Omaid grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, and has considered himself an activist from the age of 12. Under the injustices of both the US intervention of his country and both Taliban regimes, Omaid has been using art to speak truth to power and point out cruelty and corruption. In 2014, Omaid co-founded ArtLords, a guerilla operation of artists painting murals on the blast walls of Kabul. By involving local people with the painting of these murals, the organization inspired hope and spoke out against corrupt power mongers.
Omaid has since fled Afghanistan and is living in North America, but his work has only grown, as ArtLords has become an international initiative fighting for justice and safety for Afghan, refugee, and other endangered artists.