Hi again Aztecs!
I hope everyone is having a fun and eventful SDSU Month. There are so many things you can take advantage of! I have been using my free ARC pass to get toned up for summer. I have a membership at another gym, but after using the ARC, well, there is just no comparison. I love the classes, the rock wall, and I can workout my frustrations right after finance class…. But I digress.
On a more serious note, I would like to tell my story about the art exhibit currently on display at the University Art Gallery. If you have not heard of it yet, it is called “Seize the Sky” by Simone Aaberg Kaern. The exhibit features 8 works (7 of them videos) that “addresses flight as a metaphor for individual freedom and examines the sky as airspace unbounded by political forces.”
The exhibit is great. You really get the sense of childlike whimsy that all pilots have when they take flight. There are interviews with women that flew in World War II, and much more. You can spend 10 minutes or two hours enjoying how far women have come—well—probably since the beginning of time. GO SEE IT!
I had the pleasure of meeting the artist, Simone Aaberg Kaern, and her “co-pilot” Captain Latifa Nabizada. These two women have an ever-driving passion to make the world aware of women’s rights—especially those in Afghanistan. Captain Naizada is the only female pilot in the Afghan National Army Air Corps. Even though it is illegal for women in Afghanistan to hold such a title, the Captain fights for her right to maintain it. She told me that if the Taliban ever came to power there, she would be killed.
Simone brings her art exhibit to the west coast for the first time ever for one purpose: not to make money; not for fame or recognition; but so her art can serve as a platform to get the word out as to how we can improve the conditions for Afghan women in all aspects of their society. In her words, “Pilots inspire others to take charge of their lives.” I agree—it is the true tangible form of making a dream come true, and evidence that you can do anything you put your mind to.
Latifa’s goal is to find a way for Afghan women that have the dreams of flight to get the training they need to make it possible for them to take flight. She would like to establish a flight school to do just that. Unfortunately, that dream can only become a reality when she can make her government aware that women should have the same rights as men. And that starts with making her country, as well as the rest of the world aware. She says the more you repeat, repeat, and repeat something, the more people start talking. Then they start doing.
So please, go to the exhibit. See how far America has come in the last 100 years. And talk to your friends about it. Then do something.
– Heather Milley is a Hospitality and Tourism Management senior and works as a student intern in SDSU’s marketing and communications department.