London, United Kingdom (uk.gov.krd) As part of its cultural diplomacy, the Kurdistan Regional Government United Kingdom Representation, in collaboration with D Contemporary and Zamwa Gallery, presented a private view of its first major exhibition in London drawn from the collection of contemporary Kurdistani arts, exploring stories of struggle and survival, change and continuity, diversity and injustice.
The KRG UK Representation brought together a new generation of Kurdistani artists from Zamwa Gallery in the Kurdistan Region. The artists, including Dlshad Bahaddin Abdullah, Awder Othman Baqi, Namiq Hama Faraj, Kosar Jalal Kaka and Arsalan Ahmed, have exhibited widely across the Kurdistan Region and internationally. In this exhibition, each artist conveys their personal thoughts, feelings, and experience through a mixture of traditional and individual techniques.
Peter O’Kane, the Chairman of the D Contemporary Gallery Director opened the art show stating:“ We were delighted that we had the opportunity to jointly present some truly outstanding art reflecting the perseverance , fortitude and creativity of the people of Kurdistan and to celebrate a long and valued association with the KRG.”
In his opening remarks, Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir, the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK said: “This great exhibition coincides with many tumultuous events in Kurdistani history: Halabja, Newroz and Kurdistan uprising, when 29 years ago today the Kurds rose against dictatorship and they freed the Kurdistan Region’s territory from the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein. The uprising was a response to years of denial and repression and standing up for freedom and democracy.” He added: “We initiated this project to highlight the aspects of our cultural diplomacy at our Representation in the UK, which enables us to promote Kurdistani culture, reflecting the values of peace, tolerance, coexistence, the empowerment of women, and democracy through these fine paintings. Our aim is creating a platform for Kurdistani artists to internationally showcase their unique efforts and to fully paint their feelings and creativity, despite language and cultural barriers, as art itself speaks a thousand words.”
Dilshad Bahaadin, Director of the Zamwa Gallery, concluded by thanking the KRG UK and D contemporary for organising the exhibition and said: “These kinds of platforms give us an opportunity to promote our work in order to be recognised internationally. This collection brings to light historical trajectories of women’s struggle for equal rights in the Middle East. Each work translates into a multisensory and symbolic expression of female suffering and survival.”
The event was attended by the former UK Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon, and people from many different professions. This exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 10:00am to 17:00pm until 18th March.