2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence: Sughra Hussainy
From 2011-2014, Sughra Hussainy attended the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, a school that trains artists in traditional Afghan techniques to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. In 2016, Hussainy was invited to participate in the exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan at the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Gallery, from March 5, 2016 – October 29, 2017. Through her success in the exhibition and other exhibitions within Afghanistan and in London, Hussainy’s work gained notoriety. It was that notoriety combined with her desire to bring about social change put her life in danger. When Hussainy returned to the US in 2017 to participate in closing activities around the Turquoise Mountain exhibition, she received a call telling her to stay put. She filed for asylum and has been in the US ever since. In Fall of 2018, Hussainy enrolled in Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Community Arts program. Hussainy was Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Maryland for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
Pictured: Sughra Hussainy, Tahnin-e-aina (Reflection in the Mirror), 2014