About Us

An Art for Social Transformation Movement.

About ArtLords

ArtLords was established in 2014. It is a global grassroots movement of artivists motivated by the desire to pave the way for social transformation and behavioral change through employing the soft power of art and culture as a non-intrusive approach.

what we do?

ArtLords realized the opportunity for converting the negative psychological impact of blast walls on the people of Kabul into a positive visual experience. By placing issues of concerning ordinary citizens on the blast walls, ArtLords has been enabled to create a space where social issues can be expressed in a visual manner and discussed in the street, where the open art workshops take place. ArtLords provide a platform for dialogue among ordinary people on the streets of Kabul. It is giving a visual voice to the voiceless, which is the motivated dynamic behind the very existence of the movement.

ArtLords is to promote the message of peace in Afghanistan through the expressivity of the arts and culture. It wished to portray a visual representation of the communities’ desire to move from war towards peace. Creating a relationship between people and art, by bringing art to the people, allows for a much-needed psychological shift that opens up people’s minds to new prospects. The use of art opens up space for ‘emotions without affiliation’. It stimulates critical thought and helps people understand that war is a commonly shared experience and that only a common effort, coming from within society, can bring about peace in Afghanistan, South Asia and Middle East.

ArtLords will pursue an arts-based methodology that will be conceptually grounded, coordinated with other civil society stakeholders and representatives, infused with a long-term perspective vis-à-vis the nature of social change and will be responsible about evaluating its effectiveness and impact. ArtLords will thereby act as a platform that allows for the use of the arts for specific tasks that measurably contribute to consent building on any given subject and that contributes to the positive transformation of society.

ArtLords is the pioneer and the first organization that started mural paintings in Afghanistan. The organization have 1 underground office in Afghanistan, an office in Istanbul, Turkey and an office in Virginia, United States. ArtLords has 7 employees and 53 artists.










Our Fun Facts

Over 2500+ work completed
& still counting


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ArtLords Team

Omaid Sharifi

Omaid Sharifi is a Curator, Artivist, President of ArtLords, Wartists, and Fellow at Harvard University. Mr. Sharifi is also a Millennium Leadership Fellow with Atlantic Council, Asia Society 21 and American Foreign Relations Council/Rumsfeld Fellow.

Co-Founder and President

Kabir Mokamel Co-Founder and Creative Director

Meherpor Operations Director