For months after Afghan artist Sughra Hussainy settled in the U.S. in October 2016, she could not bring herself to make art.
It was art, Hussainy thought, that drew threats from the Taliban, who did not like that she was a woman with art displayed in the Smithsonian and interviews in the American press.
It was art that forced Hussainy to abandon her home in Kabul, to make a new start in Towson with no English, no family, nothing familiar. It was art, she thought, that had made her life difficult.
But a few months later Hussainy realized she was lucky – she could speak out, she had the freedom to do what other women in her home country could not. She picked up a...