Linda Bond is a visual artist working with drawing and installation, and a visiting scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Currently she is developing an art installation that collaborates directly with women from Afghanistan in partnership with Barakat.
For the project, each woman will make a tracing of her own hand and develop an embroidered, woven or sewn design from it. Installed collectively, the hand images will signify power, strength, blessing, protection, and justice. Prints and bags generated from some of the designs will be sold at a modest price and the proceeds used for continued production. Twenty women and girls in Afghanistan, who are currently in literacy programs, have already created sample bags.
The goal of the project is to bring attention to the women’s struggles, to provide an opportunity for them to participate in a project that will support their education, and to empower them through a public exposure that will generate more opportunities.