About two years ago, after the American raid in Iraq that resulted in the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and the escalation of the conflict between the United States and Iran, the artist, graphic designer and architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar launched the “Peace” project with which he placed a white flag on some of the monuments in his native Iran.
Always attentive to news events and close to what is happening, Mohammad has not remained indifferent to the events that have involved, and continue to involve, neighbouring Afghanistan.
The inexorable resumption of power by the Taliban, which ended just over a week ago with the capture of Kabul, is as if it had taken the country back in time. In addition to the millions of women and children who have seen the freedoms they have gained in recent years vanish overnight, the country’s monuments and historical and cultural heritage are also under threat.
Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar, who bases all his work on the importance of art and architectural interventions to preserve the existing heritage, has created a graphic design published on his Instagram profile in which he places the green, white and black striped flag of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan on nine Afghan UNESCO heritage buildings.
Also known as the Northern Alliance, the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan was the one that in 2001, led by General Massoud, prevented the Soviets and the Talbans from entering Panjshir, a region where a resistance front, led by General Massoud’s own son, Ahmad Massoud, has reformed in recent weeks.