First but not Last Time in America
2 July – 31 August 2022
An Afghan artist who came to France as a refugee in 2015, Kubra Khademi is a feminist who draws inspiration for her paintings and performances from the situation in her country. Her depictions of women do not arise from the desire to show their nudity, but from the natural urge to portray the freedom of bodies. Those women move through mythological tales traditionally devoted to men in Afghan culture, or through situations which break free from the patriarchy with beauty and humour. With her new series, made of cloth and threads, Kubra Khademi continues her creation of a fresco-like world where appear the fights of ancestral tapestries, this time led by women. And their heroic actions are adorned with unique words: Persian poetry, be it epic or modern, or the so-called “below the belly button” popular poetry of Afghan women, as well as the slogans they now chant in the streets against the Talibans. The author of the poster for this year’s Festival d’Avignon, Kubra Khademi leads us into an artistic world which draws its power from its freedom.
Extract from Festival d’Avignon‘s press kit.
Kubra Khademi has been invited to create the poster for this 76th edition of Festival d’Avignon. Succeeding Following Claire Tabouret, Miryam Haddad and Théo Mercier, la Collection Lambert dedicates two exhibitions rooms inside the Hôtel de Caumont.
Curator : Stéphane Ibars