Daughter of exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani living artist life in NYC

While ladies in Afghanistan are consumed with dread about the return of the Taliban’s oppressive rule, the daughter of the nation’s exiled President Ashraf Ghani is living the artist life in New York City.

Mariam Ghani, a 42-year-old visible artist and filmmaker, enjoys a bohemian way of life in her Brooklyn loft, the place the distinction to harsh Taliban rule over ladies and ladies couldn’t be extra stark.

The Post caught as much as her Tuesday, days after her dad abandoned the country to the Taliban and his residents to the extremist militant group’s management.

She refused to reply questions from a reporter outdoors her residence, positioned in a luxurious co-op constructing on a quiet, leafy block of Clinton Hill, close to buzzy eating places and the Pratt Institute. 

Her embattled Afghan-leader dad snuck out of the presidential palace Sunday together with his inner-circle of confidantes, and, according to the Russian embassy in Kabul, fled with 4 autos and a helicopter full of money. His vacation spot wasn’t instantly revealed, although some experiences have urged he bolted to a neighboring nation, like Uzbekistan or Tajikistan.

Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan as the Taliban closed in on Kabul.
Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan because the Taliban closed in on Kabul.

In a social media put up from an unknown location, Ashraf Ghani, 72, claimed he had made his escape in order to avoid wasting lives, writing, “If I had stayed, countless of my countrymen would be martyred and Kabul would face destruction and turn into ruins that could result to a human catastrophe for its six million residents.”

Politicians and specialists, nonetheless, say his sudden departure hampered negotiations for a clean switch of energy with the Taliban — and that Ghani left his personal folks in the lurch, facing chaos and dread a few return to the militant group’s brutal rule.

In a post on her Instagram Monday, Mariam Ghani stated she was “angry and grieving and terribly afraid for family, friends & colleagues left behind in Afghanistan,” including that she was “working feverishly to do anything I can on their behalf.”

It’s unclear whether or not Ghani, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in suburban Maryland, has heard from her dad and even is aware of the place he’s.

While her dad labored in the Afghan authorities starting in 2002 — earlier than he was elected president first in 2014, after which once more in 2019 — Ghani was launching her artwork and educating profession.

Her work has since appeared in some of essentially the most famend museums in the world, together with the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York and the Tate Modern in London. In 2018, she joined the college at Bennington College in Vermont.

Her first function documentary, “What We Left Unfinished,” about 5 movies that have been began and left deserted in the course of the Communist period in Afghanistan, is now playing in choose theaters.

“I grew up very much in between cultures,” she stated in her artist bio. “And that’s the position I work from as an artist.”

The daughter hasn’t publicly commented on her dad’s current actions. In a 2015 New York Times article about her work, she stated she thought he was “remarkable.”

Mariam Ghani  did not answer any questions from The Post.
Mariam Ghani didn’t reply any questions from The Post.
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“He’s always been a remarkable person,” Mariam Ghani instructed the newspaper on the time, with out elaborating.

Before he returned to Afghanistan in 2001, Ashraf Ghani — an instructional who holds a doctorate from New York City’s Columbia University — labored on the UN and World Bank.

He and his spouse, Rula Ghani, who’s from Lebanon, raised their two youngsters, Mariam and Tarek in Maryland, when Ashraf taught at Johns Hopkins University. Mariam Ghani attended New York University and the School of Visual Arts.

Asked about rising up the daughter of a overseas chief, Mariam Ghani instructed the Times, “There’s plenty of people in the art world who don’t know, which is preferable.” 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, inspects an honor guard during the opening ceremony of the new legislative session of the Parliament, in Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspects an honor guard in the course of the opening ceremony of the brand new legislative session of the Parliament, in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 6, 2021.
AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File

The 2015 profile described Ghani as “a feminist, an archivist and an activist” who was “as well-versed in the politics of extraordinary rendition as she is in the very Brooklyn pursuit of homemade chile-passion-fruit sorbet.”

In her Instagram put up Monday, Ghani didn’t particularly point out the plight of Afghan ladies — who’re as soon as once more reporting being reduce off from college, work or probably being forced into marriages with Taliban fighters.

She did, nonetheless, present sources for folks seeking to assist Afghanistan residents, together with by writing to elected officers in the US and by volunteering with or making donations to organizations serving to refugees.

“To everyone who has checked in and reached out in solidarity over the past days: thank you. It has meant a lot,” she wrote. “I’m pretty burned out, but I hope I’ll be able to reply to you all individually at some point.”

Additional reporting by Lorena Mongelli

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