Rahraw Omarzad (Afghanistan) was born in 1964 in Kabul, Afghanistan where he continues to live and work as an artist, curator and lecturer. He is Director of the Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA), where he actively works with young artists to foster their sense of independence and individuality. Omarzad is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts Kabul University and Editor in Chief of Gahnama-e-Hunar Art Magazine. In addition to his extensive lecturing and teaching, Omarzad continues to create his own video art and photography. Focused on themes of evolution, change and renewal in Afghanistan, his work has been heavily influenced by local street culture and urban exchanges in his native Kabul.
Prominent recent exhibitions include:
Tarjama/Translation, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Queens Museum of Art, New York
Sight Unseen: Video from Afghanistan and Iran, Asia Society Museum, New York
I dream of the Stans: New Central Asian Video, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Winkleman Gallery, New York; traveled to Museo de Arte de El Salvadore, San Salvadore, El Salvadore