Established in 2014, ArtLords 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. ArtLords realized the opportunity for converting the negative psychological impacts of blast walls on the people of Kabul into a positive visual experience. By placing issues concerning ordinary citizens on blast walls, ArtLords created spaces where social issues can be expressed in a visual manner and discussed in the street, where their open art workshops take place. ArtLords provides a platform for dialogue among ordinary people on the streets of Kabul, giving a visual voice to the voiceless, which is the motivation behind the very existence of the movement. ArtLords is a pioneer and the first organization to start mural paintings in Afghanistan. The organization has an underground office in Afghanistan, an office in Istanbul and an office in Virginia. ArtLords has 7 employees and 53 artists.

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Year(s) Awarded: 2021