Kabul Knights is designed by Azim Fakhri, who wants to promote the Human Rights struggle through his arts. Kabul Knights is the chosen name of this movement with the purpose of helping and restoring the people of Afghanistan, without expecting anything in return.
Azim wants to portray a Voice, a Shoulder and the Hope of all who encounter his arts.
He wants to be the voice of the voiceless people, a shoulder for those who have lost their family members during war, and the hope is to be a messenger of peace not only to Afghans but to other nations.
Azim returned to Afghanistan, having lived most of his life outside of Afghanistan until 2002, after the fall of the Taliban. He brought with him the knowledge of culture to help him in his venture for development of his country.
The arts, created by Azim, often reflect the lives in his generation and their importance. He portrays these elements so that he gives society the social consciousness of the struggles he is feeling is missing in this generation. His art of complaint, for instance, is replacing the tank guns with clarinets. It has become an inspiration for many young Afghans.
Imagination is his Power, Knowledge is his tool and Passion is what drives his soul to create.
I speak from my heart but when I begin to sketch it’s my arts that talk. I’m a member of a community that is trying to overcome violence and make a positive change in re-building itself. I’m a citizen of Afghanistan, implementing my arts in the very soul of a country that has had 30 years of war.
Peace and love is not so very different from what the rest of the world wants. I’m making it my mission to promote this and I’m having some fun while doing it. I started doing graphic design to make logos, business cards, and banners and so on, with imagination as my power; my creativity is soaring in the form of design that reflects my take on War, peace, women and education.
Through Knowledge as my tool I portray a passion for a country that I feel is my duty to make a change for. I want to speak and educate a new way for people to change the violence. When I sketch, it manifests into something as simple as a pencil with butterflies that used to be a gun. I spend countless hours turning my graphic designs into symbols of art.
Each one of my Arts is displaying what I see in my everyday life.
I feel for everything that I come in contact with. I’m a peacemaker of sorts. I’m intrigued with making a stand in a world where there are overwhelming circumstances. I’ don’t hide the truth; I feel if People hate the truth, it won’t matter because the truth doesn’t care.
My feeling is accept what you can’t change, but Change what you can’t accept. I’ve done this thru many of my arts, changing Grenades into pineapples, a sweet taste of victory for someone whose passion is ignited by what I see on the streets and the hope of his people.
I live with my family in Afghanistan and I make a stand for all women all around mine, whether they are my sisters, my mother, my friends, the unborn or women around the world. I want those around me to have a purpose, to talk with them and let them know that there is a place of peace, of love and understanding.
Another day, Another History, Another Victory, Another chance to live! In my life I will have accomplished what many only hope to do; I will create a place where you can express yourself with an educated way rather than a violent way.
I have been on interviews and TV shows to show my support of my arts and my Country. I would like to build it up more to get my point across. My point, Humanity.
Art for Change
What do a Smile, a child’s view on life thru the lens and creative arts have in common?
Azim is a Kabul based artist who devised the Street Angels project in late 2013 as well as founded Kabul Smiles and Kabul Knights.
With a single click of a camera and an enthusiastic smile frozen in time, Azim Fakhri founder of “Street Angels” dedicates himself to the children of the streets in Kabul. Instead of sitting back and watching and doing nothing he took it upon himself to make each new day count by helping someone or just making someone smile. But it’s more than helping someone in need, it’s a child’s self-esteem, a Future, contentment in knowing you can succeed, you can live.
It’s said that a smile is worth a thousand words. To Azim Fakhri, founder of “Kabul Smiles”, a smile is the beginning of something more. Every smile he captures in a photo represents a meaning to the person on the other side of the camera. Simply asking for a smile means more to the person who is on the other side of the lens. Azim is reaching into a soul that puts everything aside in a country that has experienced sadness in many ways. Azim’s attempt is not only to get a smile but to artistically balance a harsh world with a moment of integrity. Thru the Kabul Smiles project a collection of hopes and views from around the country will portray a new beginning in Afghanistan.