Seven years ago, the Taliban would have torn these paintings to pieces.
The 93 works show the emotions and images of a war-torn country in which women are still deeply oppressed: war and weaponry, violence, entrapment, hopelessness - and hope.
But the Taliban would have been most offended by the gender of the artists: women.
Twenty-three young artists displayed their work at a recent eight-day show in Kabul attended by 3,000 people, according to event organizer Rahraw Omarzad. The show, which ended Monday, now travels to the western city of Herat.
Under the hard-line Taliban regime, women were forbidden to leave home without a male relative as an escort, and girls were not allowed to go to school. Figurative art was banned and even destroyed.
"I couldn't paint during Taliban regime because I didn't have enough material, and I wasn't allowed to go out and buy paint," said 22-year-old artist Maryam Formuli.
"I was young and couldn't go to the art center to learn because as a girl, I wasn't allowed to go to school," added artist Fareha Ghezal, 19.
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