Urgent – Afghan artists in danger. Let’s support them! by Atelier des artistes en exil image credit: © Mohsin Taasha

In support of the Afghan artists in the exhibition “Kharmohra, Afghanistan at the risk of art” Mucem (2019-2020)


The context
In Marseille, a mobilisation has been set up thanks to the support of the MUCEM to evacuate the artists of the exhibition Kharmohra, Afghanistan at the risk of art which took place at the Mucem (November 2019-March 2020), and their families (spouses and children). This mobilisation brings together cultural institutions and establishments from the city and the region. The Atelier des artistes en exil accompanies this mobilisation.

The first artists were able to arrive in Marseille on 14 August, while the others were caught up in the Taliban takeover of Kabul. They should be evacuated at any moment in the last planes chartered by France.

The money from the fund is intended to reimburse the first plane tickets and to help the artists and their families (74 people in total) settle in.

The list of the structures and establishments mobilized
The MuCEM, the FRAC, the Beaux-arts de Marseille (ESADMM), the Faculty of Arts, Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Aix-Marseille, the ERACM, the Théâtre de la Criée, La Friche Belle de Mai, the École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP, Arles), the Villa Arson (Nice) La Fondation Camargo, CIRVA, Triangle France, les Rencontres à l’échelle / les Bancs Publics, Montévidéo, La Déviation, le Centre Photographique à Marseille, Soma, les Éditions l’Espace d’un instant, Facteur de Ciel (Grasse), la Marelle, le Rocher de Palmer, SNEV, Festival Après la Neige

For more information
The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating day by day since the announcement of the withdrawal of the last American troops on 11 September 2021. The Taliban have regained power. Artists are among the Taliban’s favourite targets. They are attacked, threatened and murdered. Videos of artists being murdered are circulating on social networks.


image credit: © Mohsin Taasha

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.