. Afghan Artists Watch, and Worry, as Taliban Promises a Framework Rooted in Islamic Law to Evaluate Cultural Production « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – Twenty years ago, the Taliban destroyed two 6th-century statues—the historic Buddhas of Bamiyan—in a systematic effort to rid Afghanistan of any vestige of non-Islamic cultural heritage. Now, as the militant group retakes control of the country, artists and cultural leaders fear that their work may be in jeopardy once again. Reports from local and international news outlets indicate that Afghan artists are hiding their own creations—or, in extreme instances, even destroying them—for fear that they might be raided by Taliban enforcers. Others, meanwhile, have fled the country or gone into hiding themselves.

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