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WHERE I WORK

Khadim Ali

PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY MICHAEL YOUNG

Far from home, a Hazara artist in Sydney looks to family lore and sacred legends to develop a practice drawing attention to a displaced, disenfranchised population.

Ali practices Farsi script using a homemade bamboo pen.

Winters in Afghanistan are long and bitterly cold. Springtime is pregnant with anticipation, but also marks the start of Taliban fighting season. In April, Taliban fighters detonated a truck bomb in central Kabul, killing 30 and wounding 300. For Pakistan-born, Afghan artist Khadim Ali—based in Australia since 2010 on a distinguished…

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