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In pictures: Afghan contemporary art

A painting by Abdul Wasi Hamdard

More than 70 artists submitted entries for Afghanistan's first contemporary art prize.

Work of filmmaker Alka Sadat

Works by 10 artists - including this one by filmmaker Alka Sadat - were shortlisted.

A painting by Fareeha Ghezal Yousufzai

Organisers say the prize money of $2,000 aims to support the small contemporary art scene in Afghanistan.

Imal Hashemi

Afghanistan isn't just a place of trauma, it's a place where a cultural life can develop too, say the organisers.

A sculpture by Mohammad Ismael Zadran

Zadran, who sculpted this exhibit, undertook an eight-hour bumpy journey to take part in the competition.

Ramzia Tajzada

The Taleban movement regarded most art as haram - forbidden - in Islam.

Sahba Shams

Some say art offers the Afghans a way of channelling their trauma and discussing topics which are still taboo in society.

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