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made up of the voice of a man praying, the rattling of a spray can being shaken, and the soft crackling of the fire. In each screen, I am engaging in ‘desires’ forbidden by the Taliban or in behavior that was caused by them. For example, in the second screen, a woman inside the dome lifts part of her chadori up and applies bright red lipstick again and again, smacking her lips in pleasure. In the third screen, a woman wears shoes with very high heels under her chadori. And in the fifth screen, a woman sits on a carpet with pillows and smokes a hookah, or water pipe, on the roof of the palace. Dome of Secret Desires (2012) video installation by Fazila Amiri and Hangama Amiri. Video still courtesy of the artist. My sister and I returned to Afghanistan in 2013 and made a second collaborative video installation, My Motherland. It’s dedicated to our mother who fantasized about being somewhere else when we lived in Kabul under Taliban rule. When we were little girls, she would describe these imagined landscapes to us. Suzanne Russell There are six channels in the My Motherland video installation, one for each landscape based on our mother’s stories. The landscapes function like dreams in which there is a figure of a woman in a chadori who is close to the landscape — its is behind her, but she not in it. There is a beach, a sunset, a western- style house, snow-covered mountains, a gallery filled with oil paintings of naked women, and a green landscape with a blue sky. The landscape moves but the woman does not, except in a beach landscape where the wind blows her chadori. My mother has always been supportive of my artwork and Fazila’s acting and filmmaking. She understands the ideas behind My Motherland and is honored that we used her fantasies and our childhood memories as inspiration. She’s thrilled by the freedom that Fazila and I have to develop and express our feminist ideas; we have possibilities that our mother never imagined for us. Suzanne Russell is an artist, writer and activist-lawyer who has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark for the past 25 years. Suzanne has a B.A. from Wellesley College in literature and a J.D. from NYU in law. She is a painter at heart, but has a wide-ranging art practice that includes providing free legal help to refugees in Denmark. Suzanne has been on the Board of the Royal Danish Arts Council and has participated in various “integration” committees and mentoring projects. Suzanne is married to a Dane and has two biological children, Alexander and Isabel. She is also guardian and “Danish Mom tѼݼչ)ɽх)MɕٔɽMɕЁͥɕ̀ȤYѥѕ䁽ѡѥи(ȁ=9=Q(́=9=Q