A three-day watercolor exhibition, titled Zamzama (Whisper), opened on Saturday at the Herat University.
The paintings, many of which are portraits, are by female artist Parwana Nabizada, who is also a lecturer at the university.
As students flocked to view her work, Nabizada said: “Art is in essence free and art should be created without social constraints.”
On why her exhibition was called Zamzama, she said: “We whisper to art and our love of art is a whisper.”
According to her, her focus has been on portraying women’s lives in Afghanistan.
One painting depicts a young woman with an uncovered head – her big eyes looking out into the world telling their own story.
“The message of these paintings is very interesting. From everywhere in Afghanistan the people are in pain, especially women and men and also the old and young,” said one student, Noorullah Entezar.
Zaynab, another student who visited the exhibition, said: “These (paintings) show today’s women as free and these paintings let women think they can live life freely in society and do what they want.”